Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum


Discipleship as Witness

Mariamma Ninan,
St. James MTC, NY

I will wait for the lord, who is hiding his face from the house of Jacob. I will put my trust in him” (Isaiah 8:17)


        Who is a disciple?   Merriam-Webster defines disciple as, one who accepts and assists in spreading the doctrines of another: such as Christianity. A disciple of Jesus is a worshipper, a servant, and a witness. To the disciple, each day is a fresh opportunity to walk with God!
     Throughout His ministry, Jesus welcomed the stranger, healed the sick, offered forgiveness and expressed His eagerness to give rest to the burdened. Belief in the resurrection was not instantaneous for the disciples. After the traumatic experience of the crucifixion, it took time for disciples to come to full faith. Mathew 28: 19-20 states Christ’s Great mission: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of Son and of the Holy Spirit  and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you “.
     Gospel of John gives us another picture of a disciple of Jesus. John 17:18 says- “As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world.” Jesus’s disciples are on a mission as His witness. Jesus was sent for a purpose- to reveal God and redeem sinners. As His disciples, we are sent for a purpose- to tell His good news. Beyond our own personal duties, we are obligated to be there for one another. We have the duty to fulfill the law of Christ “carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ “(Galatians 6:2)
When Jesus speaks we listen!!

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, thank You for Your amazing love. Help us to be Your true disciples by carrying Your cross and following Your commandments in our daily lives.  In Jesus name we pray, Amen!

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

“And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:27)

Jesus replied “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God” (Luke 9:62)