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Day 5 - A life of journey, a life of mission

Friday, March 11th, 2011

Luke 9:37-45 (TNIV)

37 The next day, when they came down from the mountain, a large crowd met him. 38 A man in the crowd called out, “Teacher, I beg you to look at my son, for he is my only child. 39 A spirit seizes him and he suddenly screams; it throws him into convulsions so that he foams at the mouth. It scarcely ever leaves him and is destroying him. 40 I begged your disciples to drive it out, but they could not.”

41 “You unbelieving and perverse generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you and put up with you? Bring your son here.”

42 Even while the boy was coming, the demon threw him to the ground in a convulsion. But Jesus rebuked the evil spirit, healed the boy and gave him back to his father. 43 And they were all amazed at the greatness of God.

While everyone was marveling at all that Jesus did, he said to his disciples, 44 “Listen carefully to what I am about to tell you: The Son of Man is going to be delivered over to human hands.” 45 But they did not understand what this meant. It was hidden from them, so that they did not grasp it, and they were afraid to ask him about it.


Reflection:

Jesus lived a life of constantly being on the mission. After His time on the mountaintop, experiencing the transfiguration and the glory of God, Jesus immediately heads into the valley that is our world to live and demonstrate God’s glory to the people. Just as valleys can be dark places filled with lurking danger and trouble, Jesus knew that the world was filled with sin, suffering and sickness. However, instead of trying to avoid it, He heads straight into it so that we could experience God’s healing and light. Yet, at the end of His worldly mission, Jesus had to go to the hilltop where He would experience the cross, death, and ultimately resurrection. As His disciples, we too are called to follow Him even in this. For it is at the cross that we learn what it means to die to ourselves, and our ambitions so that others may receive life. And it is in this humbling experience that we encounter God again and again, and are raised back to life so that we can continue on in our mission to this world.

Response:

In this life of loving God and ministering to others, we need those times of experiencing God’s glory, going out to minister to others in His love and power, dying to ourselves and experiencing His resurrection work in us. It is in this constantly flowing pattern of glory, mission, death and resurrection that we are filled with God’s love and power and are able to see His work done through us as we live in this calling. Let’s pray that we would live lives that are constantly set and focused on God’s mission so that those we are ministering to in the valleys of this world may also receive life and experience God’s transforming glory.

Day 4 - God’s plans will be accomplished!

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Day 3 - “faith as small as a mustard seed”

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Day 2 - Jesus, the One we’ve been waiting for

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Elegant Grace in a Contorted World

Monday, March 7th, 2011

Day 1 - “Listen to him”

Monday, March 7th, 2011