The Mission: Week 2 - Day 5

OPENING PRAYER:

Father God, thank you for this day. I am blessed with breath and life and your love and presence. I desire to bless you.  Help me represent you well in all that I do and say. May my life be a sacrifice of praise to you my Lord and my Redeemer. Amen

 

READ: John 15:7-8 (NIV)

 “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish and it will be given you.  This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.”

 

REFLECT:

 In his book Experiencing God, Henry Blackaby wrote, “’What is God’s will for my life?’ is the wrong question. The right question is ‘What is God’s will?’”. His point being that in the first questions we are the focus. In the second, God is the focus. The implication is that once we know God’s will, we will join him there. We will no longer sit around contemplating our own lives and what direction we should take. The difference is subtle but powerful.

 Many people read today’s scripture and see themselves at the center of it. They read Jesus’ words as, “whatever you ask it will be given you”. Their relationship with God becomes an endless wish list. But a closer look reveals some conditions – remaining in Jesus and his words in us, the Father’s glory, provides  evidence that you are disciple.

 

APPLY:

 Being a disciple is not just joining a fan club. Disciples accept and embrace the principles they receive from their teacher. Christ followers regard resources as the means for accomplishing the work Jesus left for them to finish. God provides resources so we can bear fruit – kingdom fruit. We may benefit personally but it is not the reason material resources are provided. God’s will and his work are our priority.

 

CLOSING PRAYER:

 Lord, forgive me for treating you like a vending machine – prayer in, blessing out.  Help me see the resources you provide as means to do your work.  Help me celebrate your plan to make me a co-worker in accomplishing your will on earth and in your kingdom.  Let what I do be about you and not myself. Amen.

Terry Schneider