Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Devotional Reading for Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Today's Reading: 1 Samuel 25,26; Psalm 63; Matthew 9

“As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at his tax collector’s booth.  ‘Follow me and be my disciple,’ Jesus said to him.  So Matthew got up and followed him.”   – Matthew 9:9 NLT

Matthew was a tax collector and in his time tax collectors were well off.  He probably had a comfortable and secure life with his career.  Here he meets Jesus.  Well, Jesus sees Matthew and invites him to be his disciple.  Matthew leaves his career and accepts the invitation. 

Some of you may have made some very tough decisions prior to accepting the invitation for this trip.  I trust that as you look back you will see it was well worth it.  Now heading home the past week and a half may seem like a blur.  Did that really happen?  It’s already over?  Nonetheless, an eternal impact has been made in the lives of the people you’ve encountered and in your own life.

“So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable.  Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.”  – 1 Corinthians 15:58 NLT

Now what?

Remember this time, the unity, the relationships, God’s faithfulness and provision.  Share your stories with others.  Listen.  What is God saying to you?   Rest and refuel? leave a career?  start a career?  start a ministry?  build or mend a relationship?  The list can go on…

It probably wasn’t easy for Matthew, but Jesus was leading his life.  As we follow Him, we can trust in His plans and provision.  Disciple of Jesus, be grateful for each day, and choose to follow Him daily.  As David McCracken says, “Pay the price to hear His voice and have the courage to do what he says.”

Abba, Thank you for this amazing opportunity to serve our brothers and sisters in India!  Holy Spirit, continue to guide and strengthen me in my daily walk.  May I be open to any invitation you offer in my life and have the courage to do what you say.  In His name, Amen.

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