Day 5 – Everything

Hebrews 4:11-13 (NIV)
11 Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience. 12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. 13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

“‘The apostles had to teach people to obey all that Jesus commanded them during His ministry on earth. Their listeners had to be brought under His commandments so that they could show by their lives that they really belong to Him. That is the final purpose of the preaching of the gospel.’ What Jesus did in making disciples of his first followers, succeeding generations of the church will do in the making of new disciples of Jesus…He gave a new authoritative basis for life as a disciple in this age. We are to ‘obey all Jesus commanded or authoritatively revealed as binding upon our lives as God’s will for us…’” (M.J. Wilkins, Matthew, The NIV Application Commentary, 956–958).

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, that everything you commanded us to do is based on your love. May all of our lives be bound up in your will for us as we go make disciples. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship to “I Will See The Lord” by People & Songs (click here).

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Day 4 – Rest

Matthew 11:27-30 (NIV)
27 “All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. 28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

“Disobedience takes as much effort as obedience. Instead of putting effort into disobedience, Jesus’ resurrection power enables us to make every effort to obey. And, there’s rest and grace when we do. Obedience is for our good – it’s to be with him and experience rest in the midst of all the disorder around us. As we come to the Lord, we’re transformed to love, which is the best reason to obey. We obey God not only because he has authority but because we want to love him in response to his love .” (P. Jason Han)

Prayer: Lord, thank you for the invitation to “come to me.” We want to learn from you, receive your hands-on connection of love and rest. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship to “Christ Is Enough” by Hillsong (click here).

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Day 3 – Do

James 1:22 (NIV)
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.

“The aim of evangelism is to make converts, people who believe the gospel, repent of their former way of life, a bonfire of the vanities, and face a new direction—Christward. A convert is one who has repented of the past, turns around, and faces the future with faith in Jesus. A disciple is one who does not simply face a new direction but begins to walk in it. A disciple is a convert in motion, on the way. Jesus cared about making and growing disciples, helping them to mature. Some converts, though they may be facing in the right direction, have not yet learned to walk” (Vanhoozer, Kevin J.. Hearers and Doers: A Pastor’s Guide to Making Disciples Through Scripture and Doctrine).

This obedience is not just doing things but doing it with Christ. People can talk, proclaim, debate about truth all they want. Scripture is absolutely clear that we need to “do” the truth (P. Jason Han).

Prayer: Lord, we want to do what you say, walking Christward in obedience, putting one foot in front of the other by your Spirit. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship to “Your Grace Amazes Me” by Passion (click here).

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Day 2 – Need

Romans 12:1-2 (NIV)
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

“Most people initially come to Christ because he meets their personal needs. Soon they discover that some of their personal requests for which they earnestly pray are not granted. They may be tempted to turn away from Christ and seek refuge elsewhere, and some do. But they will stay with Christ if they realize that he is the truth. After many of Christ’s disciples turned back and stopped following him, Jesus asked the Twelve whether they also would ‘go away.’ Peter’s response was, ‘Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God’ (John 6:68–69)” (Fernando, Ajith. Discipling in a Multicultural World, 147).

Amidst many truths and ideas of reality in this world, the One Truth we need is Jesus.

Prayer: By your Spirit, renew our minds, Lord. Instead of conforming to patterns of this world, we yield to you, offering our bodies as a living sacrifice, to be holy and pleasing to you. Our greatest need is you. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s sing, “Psalm 23: Surely Goodness, Surely Mercy” by Shane & Shane (click here).

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Day 1 – Stay

Let’s read aloud the following passage:

Matthew 28:18-20 (NIV)
18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

“What Jesus did in making disciples of his first followers, succeeding generations of the church will do in the making of new disciples of Jesus. In other words, in the Great Commission it would be inappropriate for Jesus to state, ‘teaching them to obey everything I taught you.’ He did more than teach. He gave a new authoritative basis for life as a disciple in this age” (M.J. Wilkins, Matthew, The NIV Application Commentary, 956–958).

The call and command to teach and obey is truly a blessing of walking with another into the ways of Jesus telling us, walking with us, and staying with us as we learn how to obey and love him, and with this command comes the authority of Jesus. This is one of the important ways people “stay” with Jesus as their Lord and Savior and flourish in the blessing of loving God and loving others.

Prayer: Lord, may we hear afresh and obey your word, stepping into your commands with obedience and faith for all of life. In Jesus name, amen.

Let’s worship to “The Praise Is Yours” by Matt Redman (click here).

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