West End Assembly of God
Tuesday, February 09, 2016
Daily Devotional Guide
DAILY DEVOTIONS – February 8-13, 2016
MONDAY, February 8– Isaiah 6:8– Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”
The world is a dangerous place. Still, God calls us to go to dangerous places because He loves the people who live there. We go with all of our human fragility and without fully knowing the pain, fear, and loss that might await us. “We face squarely and honestly what it means to follow Christ into a world that does not know Him. As we do so, we find answers that move beyond romance and excitement. We find purpose, comfort, and the peace that Christ offers us—a peace beyond even the most horrific circumstances. We find the heart of God…we go and count it a privilege to do so.” For what or for whom do you sense God consistently calling your attention, care, or concern toward? Are you willing to follow Christ there even if the journey includes suffering and loss?
TUESDAY, February 9 – Matthew 4:21-22 – …He saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed Him. There’s no way young John and James could have understood the journey that lay ahead of them. No way they could have comprehended the “beauty and brutality” they would face as followers of Jesus, so all He said was “Follow me.” Later they referred to their experiences with Jesus using words like glory, grace, truth, and eternal life. “There’s no way, with their father’s net still in their hands, they could have comprehended a transformation so deep for which and from which they would give their lives…They heard (Jesus’) voice, felt the yes rise within them, and they followed Him.” But they had no idea what they were walking into. Along the way, they were gloriously transformed, and it was worth it! How has this been true in your own faith journey?
WEDNESDAY, February 10 – Matthew 11:28 –Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Jesus calls us to dangerous places because He loves the people who live there. “God doesn’t just love the historically few 1st century people of Jerusalem, Galilee, and points in between. God also loves the 21st century people of Afghanistan, Iraq, and Somalia. God loves them with a love so rich and so deep that no matter what they do He still wants to bring them home. He loves them so much that He Himself came into our world to model this remarkable love. Pray today for people you know who are weary and burdened and live in dangerous places.
THURSDAY, February 11 – Matthew 11:29–Take my yoke upon you and learn from me... “Jesus never calls us into a place where He hasn’t gone first.” Jesus crossed a distance far greater than the ones we travel; and He entered vulnerability far deeper than the ones we experience. “In our own journeys there is a faint echo of Christ in His.” Yet, as our journeys unfold, Jesus helps us understand what following Him really means: taking His yoke; denying our-selves, taking up a personal cross, and following close to Him. We let go of the glory--like He did. We become vulnerable--like He did. We give up our time, strength, gifts, and abilities in service to those who accept us and to others who reject us--just like Jesus did. Have you felt abandoned and alone? Jesus did, too. Take comfort in knowing that Jesus has already walked this path. Hold His hand.
FRIDAY, February 12 – Revelation 19:9 – Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!” “We go (into dangerous places) because God wants to bring all His precious, beautiful, wounded, frightened, lost children home.” We are sent out with the message of reconciliation through Jesus—good news to all people. We go because God has charged us to “deliver invitations” to a great feast He has planned; and people from every nation on earth are invited to that table. “The wedding at Cana when Jesus turned water into wine is but a shadow compared to the glory that awaits us. Every joyful celebration we’ve ever experienced in this life is like a black-and-white sketch that helps us dream the magnificence of what lies ahead.” There are places empty at the table and guests who have not yet received their invitations. Be faithful to deliver the truth that God has given to you.
SATURDAY, February 13 – Romans 10:14– How can they call on Him to save them unless they believe in Him? And how can they believe in Him if they have never heard about Him? And how can they hear about Him unless someone tells them? Christians carry the presence of Christ within them. In even brief encounters, when offering a moment of comfort, you are revealing Jesus. Every time you share the truth of who God is with those He loves, you are revealing Jesus. Every time you share your story or offer even a fragment of scripture, you are fulfilling your mission. Jesus calls us to show compassion and speak truth, even if it feels small and insignificant and lost in the enormity of peoples’ problems. It all matters. The Holy Spirit takes it from there. It is a never-ending, remarkable process of reconciling the world back to God. Yours is an important role in the process. “How can they hear unless someone tells them?”
Quotes are from “Why God Calls Us to Dangerous Places” by Kate McCord
Devotions written and/or compiled by Pastor Marlyn DeFoggi