Know Jesus

Today’s reading is 2 Peter 1.

Everything we need for life and godliness comes from knowing Jesus. It doesn’t come from society, from entertainment, from television, from popular psychology, from self-help books. I’m not saying there is nothing good or helpful in any of those things, I’m just noting that Peter tells us everything we really need is found in knowing Jesus. This leads to a simple question. What are you doing today to get to know Jesus better?

Monday’s reading is 2 Peter 2.

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Pleasing God, Not Men

Today’s reading is 1 Thessalonians 2.

The hardest part of disciple making for me, besides just getting started, is wanting people to like me. I don’t quite understand why. I believe I have the greatest news I can give to others, and yet, I fear they will not like me when we’re done. That brings the temptation to cut corners, leave out bits I think might be unpopular. But Paul sets the example for us. He wasn’t teaching out of any desire for personal profit or pleasure. He wanted to please God who tests our hearts. At the end of our efforts to make disciples, may our goal be not to please men, but to please God. May our goal be not to benefit from the people we teach, but to benefit them with truth that truly saves. What a great opportunity we have. Thank You, God, for this opportunity.

Tomorrow’s reading is 1 Thessalonians 3.

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The Call to Discipleship

Today’s reading is Luke 14.

Jesus amazes me. He doesn’t pull punches. Unlike so many today who want to soft sell discipleship and then try to fill people in as they grow in their discipleship commitment in some crazy hope that they won’t abandon it once they really find out what discipleship is all about, Jesus just lays it on the line. “So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.” There it is. All the cards on the table. Discipleship isn’t one hat added to many, it is the hat. It is the overarching definition of who we are. Are you ready to renounce all in order to be Jesus’ disciple?

Tomorrow’s reading is Luke 15.

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