My sons, do not be negligent now, for the LORD has chosen you to stand before him and serve him, to minister before him and to burn incense. 2 Chronicles 29:11
Negligence can happen very easily if one is not paying attention to all the details. It is looking closely at what one is doing that can prevent negligence.
Often people get busy with life or are just lazy and don’t want to do it, but leave something undone that needs to be done. They begin to neglect repairs and upgrades to something. If left untouched for long enough, it will break down and become worthless.
If one neglects to put fuel in a car, the car will run out of fuel and shut down in the middle of nowhere. If one neglects eat or drink, he will get weak and fall down.
Hezekiah had become king of Judah and was leading the people back to God. He told the Levites to work on restoring the temple. In the process, he told them to not be negligent in their work, because that is what God had chosen them to do. They were to stand before Him and serve Him.
Although most believers do not have the title of priest, every believer is called to stand before God and serve Him. The manner in which each person serves is different, but it is still serving. It is doing what God wants each person to do, to the best of his ability.
When a believer becomes negligent in standing before God, he begins to allow sin back into his life. He begins to forget what God has called him to do. He forgets the ways of God.
When a believer becomes negligent in serving God, he begins to live for the world. He begins to stop being the witness God has called him to be.
Take time today to look at your life and what God has called you to be and do. Are you paying attention to the little details in your life?
Take time to spend time with God each day, and even throughout the day. Put God and His mission as first priority in your life. You were called to stand before and serve God. The best way to serve God is to be His witness for Jesus and to make disciples everywhere you go.
Don’t be negligent in your duties today.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the work God has called you to do; that you will stand before God daily; that you will serve God faithfully; and that you will not neglect what God has for you.
“This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” John 15:8
Jesus just finished talking about how He is the vine and all believers are the branches. We, as believers, are to bear much fruit. Now He states that the fruit all believers bring about is for the Father’s glory and shows that they are really His disciples.
God sent Jesus for the purpose to save all the people in the world. He was not sent to the earth just to have a good time or to just to spread peace and love. His purpose was to destroy sin and save the people.
Many people look at just the love aspect of the message of Jesus. The world loves to look at the part that everyone is to love everyone else. This is a major part of following Jesus, but it is not everything.
Both Jesus and the Father wants you to bear fruit, and not just a little fruit, but lots of fruit. Look at the life of Jesus. In just the few years He ministered on the earth He brought about a lot of fruit. This was in a time where there was only walking for getting around, no cell phone, internet, computers, or television.
Jesus brought about much fruit by talking directly with people, interacting with them. Today you can do the same thing. God has blessed His people with being able to use many methods to communicate, and to communicate faster and to more people at once.
If you are doing the same thing Jesus did, the Father will be glorified. God was pleased with Jesus because He was doing what He was sent to do.
Now that you are a believer in Jesus, you are sent to do a work. That work is to bring others to Jesus, to save the world. God will be glorified when you are doing that work. The more people brought to the knowledge of salvation in Jesus, the more the Father will be glorified.
Is your life glorifying God today? Are you producing fruit? Or are you just coasting through life?
I pray today that Jesus will show you ways to produce much fruit; that you will show yourself to be a disciple of Jesus; that you be a light of Jesus in this world; and that God will glorified through your life.
“To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32
Jesus had just finished telling the people that He was going away soon to a place they cannot follow. Now He tells them that in order to really be one of His disciples they must hold on to His teaching. Doing this will allow them to know the truth and be set free.
Today the term of ‘disciple’ is not very commonly used, except in the church. It is a term of one who is learning from another to become like that person. A modern term that would be similar is an ‘apprentice’.
This term is used often in the workplaces. Many start out a job as an apprentice in the fields of electricians, plumbers, and construction workers. The worker needs to learn from the master worker how to correctly do the job.
As a believer in Jesus you must hold on to His teachings. That is you must listen to them, follow them and learn from them. Trust that Jesus knows His job and how to teach you to do the job correctly.
As you follow His teachings, you will then know the truth. Some of this truth you will learn is: you are a sinner, you cannot do it alone, you have no ability in yourself, God loves you, God gives you His Holy Spirit to strengthen and guide you, Jesus saves you and many more things.
Knowing the truth sets you free from the boundaries men put on you. It frees you from the condemnation you feel about what you have done wrong. It frees you from the fear of the unknown future. It frees you from past hurts and pains.
It gives you a reason to keep going forward. It gives you a reason to stay strong. It gives you a reason to love others. It gives you a reason to live life following Jesus.
Are you really being a disciple of Jesus? Are you holding on to His teachings? Are you allowing the truth to set you free?
I pray today that you will know and hold on to the teachings of Jesus; that you will learn from all that Jesus teaches; that you will allow His truth to set you free; that you will use His freedom to live for God; and that you will spread that truth to others around you.
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20
Jesus had been crucified. He had died, was buried, and is now risen again to life. The disciples and many other people have seen Him. Now He is getting ready to leave and He is giving His last words.
The final words of Jesus here on this earth bring you back to His whole purpose in coming to the earth. God sent Jesus to the world in order to save every person on it. His death and resurrection made that possible. Without a death, no one can be saved. Without a resurrection, no one can be saved.
Since salvation is now possible, everyone in the world needs to be told this. Jesus tells the disciples and you, to now go and make disciples. Disciples are those who learn from and follow Jesus.
Jesus is no longer on the earth Himself, so each person who knows Jesus must tell someone else about Him. You are to go out and let the people know what Jesus has done, said, and commanded. You are now His hands, feet and voice in this world.
Your job is to make new disciples wherever you are. With over seven billion people on the earth, it is not difficult to find someone to disciple. There will always be someone who has not heard about Jesus. There will always be those who have just started following Jesus and need to know more.
Be willing today to open your eyes to a field that is ripe for harvest. That person you come across today may be willing to follow Jesus if given the chance.
Do not hoard the gift God has given you, share it with others. If you really love Jesus, do what He is telling you to do…be His witness.
I pray today that you will be willing to be God’s witness; that you will make disciples of others; that you will teach others what Jesus has shown you; and that God will build His kingdom through you.