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October 24, 2014 Being with Jesus – Discipleship

24 Oct

Daily Bible Reading: Jeremiah 3-5, 1 Timothy 4 

who are theyWhen they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus. Acts 4:13 (NIV)

Who are “they” who saw the courage of Peter and John? The same group of men who made certain Jesus was crucified.They were the Jewish Council. Do you suppose any of them remembered Peter’s and John’s face that night Jesus was brought before them for His trial and sentenced to death?

Simon Peter and another disciple were following Jesus. Because this disciple was known to the high priest, he went with Jesus into the high priest’s courtyard, but Peter had to wait outside at the door. The other disciple, who was known to the high priest, came back, spoke to the girl on duty there and brought Peter in.  John 18:15-16 (NIV)

They didn’t see courage on Peter’s face that night, if they saw Peter’s face and heard Peter’s words at all. All they saw and heard that night was fear.

I find it ironic that on the night Jesus was on trial for His life they were filled with fear. Now that they are on trial for their own lives, they are filled with courage.

courageWhat changes unschooled, ordinary men to become men of courage? One explanation:

they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus. Acts 4:13 (NIV)

Is it possible that spending time with Jesus can have such a profound effect upon men that …

… they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death. Revelation 12:11 (NIV)

What would happen if you and I spent more time with Jesus?  What if we spent more time with His body, the church?  Is it possible that when we spend time in God’s Word that we change from ordinary to extraordinary, from unschooled to knowledgeable?

Here is what Paul encourages us to become as believers:

strength…until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming., speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. Ephesians 4:13-15 (NIV)

It is amazing how quickly people can change when they spend time with Jesus.  So what are you thinking? Are you thinking what I’m thinking?

Forgive me, Lord Jesus for not spending more of my time, my life, with You. Forgive me that spending time with You has not been my passion.  Holy Spirit, as You live in me, lead me to spend daily time with my Savior until the likeness of Jesus is made known in me and through me.  In Jesus’ name. Amen. 

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