I was just thinking about God’s Word and the power that is contained in it. As I did a few things came to mind…
1. There is power to save – from cover to cover the Bible is all about God’s grand plan for the salvation of mankind.
2. There is power to renew – as we read God’s Word our minds and thinking is renewed. It lines our thoughts up with God’s thoughts.
3. There is the power of hope – God’s Word contains hope for the future. That this life will be better with God and also the future hope of heaven.
I love God’s Word. I love the salvation, renewal and hope that is found within it’s covers.
I was reading John 21 just now and was reminded of Jesus’ call to Peter (Simon Peter) to “Follow Him”.
Peter was called three and a half years before and followed Jesus wherever He went. He saw and was involved in most of what Jesus did.
But after Peter denied Him three times before Jesus’ crucifixion, Jesus chose to reinstate Peter. Jesus asked Peter to take care of His lambs and feed His lambs and sheep (John 21:15-19).
As I read I was reminded that the call to follow Jesus is not just a one time thing. It is a daily call and a daily choice to respond.
Like Peter we may deny Christ, we might chose to go our own way or we may get caught up in other things. This is why Jesus said to take up our cross daily and follow Him (Luke 9:23).
Today, I would encourage you to answer the ongoing call to follow Jesus. Take up your cross, deny yourself and follow Him.
I was just reading and listening to John chapter 13. This is where Jesus washes the disciples feet.
I am in awe of Jesus even more. Not only did He humbly wash the disciples feet, but I was reminded that He washed the feet of the betrayer Judas Iscariot!
In verse 2 we see that “The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. ”
In verse 4-5 “Jesus got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.”
Then is verse 27… “As soon as Judas took the bread, Satan entered into him. So Jesus told him, “What you are about to do, do quickly.”
Reading about Jesus washing His disciples feet gives me a clear picture of being a humble servant. It inspires me to do the same.
Jesus served Judas knowing He would betray Him unto death. Knowing that Jesus sent His betrayer away with clean feet leaves me in awe.
Our natural thought is if we know someone was going to betray us is to keep our distance, to stay away from them or not talk to them. But Jesus washed Judas’ feet!
This is why I love Jesus. This is why I serve Jesus. This is why I live for Jesus. I am in total and complete awe of Him and how He showed us to live.
Getting up early to do my morning Bible reading and prayer times hasn’t always been the norm for me.
Many years ago I had to stay in bed because of having bad arthritis. I just couldn’t get out of bed and often had to have hots baths to get moving.
Then as the years went by and my condition improved I would get up early to exercise. It became a priority to start the day to get moving and to get myself fitter.
These days my priority is my spiritual fitness. I get up early to read/listen to the Bible and pray. More than anything else this helps me to get in tune with God.
I really believe that in our relationship, God is not the one who moves away from me. He is always there and never leaves or forsakes me. But due to life, I move, and I get out of step with Him.
Because of this my morning prayer time is just so vital. I used to see it as a struggle and a discipline to get out of bed early, especially on cold mornings, but now it has become the norm.
I meet God in the morning. I find Him in His Word and I find Him in prayer. He is always there, but these times help to remind me of that. They bring me back to Him.
Each morning I get a new revelation of how much He loves me, how much He wants to be with me and that each day He has things for me to do.
If you haven’t tried getting up early to pray I would encourage you to do so. It is so good to leave the house in the morning after that time with God.
Often when we think of the Disciple Thomas we think of when he doubted if Jesus was really raised back to life. His words from John 20:24-25 come to mind…
“Now Thomas (also known as Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!”
But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”
Thomas wanted to see for himself that Jesus was alive. In verse 28 we read that when he sees Jesus he says, “My Lord and my God”.
In John 11 we see that when Lazarus had died Jesus told the disciples that they needed to go back to Judea. The disciples were worried as the Jews had tried to kill Jesus and warned Him against returning.
Then in verse 16 we get a different view of doubting Thomas. It says, “Then Thomas (also known as Didymus) said to the rest of the disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.”
Thomas was not just the doubter who wanted more proof, he was totally committed to following Jesus even to the point of death.
This gives me another view of Thomas… how about you?
All day I have been thinking about Romans 12:2. It says, “Do not conform any longer 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.”
As I dwelt upon this verse I kept on getting the word “transformed”. When I got home to my computer I decided to look up the New Testament Greek word for transformed.
It is metamorphoo. It means to change, transform or metamorphise.
As I thought about this it reminded me of the process a butterfly goes through – a metamorphise. It starts as a caterpillar, builds its cocoon and then transforms in to a butterfly.
The caterpillar’s destiny was always to become a butterfly. It began as one thing and then intentionally prepared a cocoon to bring the change about. To fulfil its destiny and purpose.
This is how it is for us a Christians too. We are destined to be like Christ. As we intentionally prepare our cocoon of prayer and Bible reading, God transforms us by His Word and His Spirit to be like Christ.
But, like the caterpillar we have to be intentional. We can’t just sit back and expect it to happen. Building our cocoon takes time, effort and energy… but the results of being “metamorphoo’d” into Christ is well worth it!
Let’s all keep preparing our cocoons today!