Sunday, 28 July 2019
Disciple’s Prayer (on a prayer card by Dicksons, verse by Ramona K. Cecil)
Lord, help me to be Your disciple and always do Your will, to put Your desires before my own, Your work to faithfully fulfil. Help me SET A GOOD EXAMPLE for those who look to me to see in my daily living what a Christian’s life should be. Those who are new in the faith, help me GUIDE AND TEACH, and those who are outside Your fold, somehow help me REACH.
Lord, I want to be Your servant and in everything I do, when others might look at me, I pray that THEY SEE YOU.
As I was praying, I was also thinking… God was also speaking… SET A GOOD EXAMPLE – the whole purpose of discipleship is to multiply. Going back to God’s instructions to Adam and Eve – be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Many of us would think of marriage and children. Many of us would think of numbers… My attention is drawn to the word ‘fruitful’ – what kind of fruit are we?
Increasing in number may not be difficult but to produce the kind of fruit that God is pleased with may not be easy. This reproduction has a name – DISCIPLESHIP. What does Jesus commission us to do?
Jesus said: All authority in heaven and on earth has been GIVEN TO ME…
Jesus has said, “It is finished”. He has declared that He has finished what God sent Him to do on earth. And God has GIVEN BACK TO MAN THE AUTHORITY (that he lost through Adam and Eve) THROUGH JESUS.
I repeat: God has given back to man the authority THROUGH JESUS. Hallelujah!
BUT, we are not to do what Adam and Eve did. We are not to do what our ancestors / forefathers did. We are commissioned to be fruitful and increase in number = “… 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.
Jesus’ instructions are clearly worded: TEACH THEM TO OBEY – obey what?
Obey - EVERYTHING I HAVE COMMANDED YOU. We have to find out what EVERYTHING means. That is similar to the Ten Commandments, the whole Bible, and to everything that God may reveal to each one of us - as we grow closer to Him through the Holy Spirit, knowing Him personally and intimately, loving Him with all our heart and all our mind. When we embrace that love, we will reflect Jesus just like He reflected the Father. And let us always pray that people around us see Jesus when they see us.
Therefore, let’s go and set a good example. That is also what Apostle Paul taught. Praise the Lord!
I have often heard (through HK TV drama) words of encouragement for someone who had fallen – stand up where you have fallen – and today, I am reading these words of encouragement in our 40-day 2019 prayer book:
That’s where Jesus first met Peter and gave him the name Rock. That’s where Jesus called him from his fishing career to fish for people. Galilee symbolizes a NEW HOPE and a NEW BEGINNING for Peter and ALL the disciples…
The resurrection of Jesus is not only about life after death. And forgiveness after failure. There is work yet to be done. The message from the empty tomb is not ‘See you in heaven’ but ‘See you in Galilee!
Galilee is the place where you and I have fallen. That is the place where we will stand up on the Truth.
My God has not rejected me. My God does not hate me. My God loves me. My God has forgiven me. Therefore, I will stop rejecting myself. Therefore, I will stop hating myself. Therefore, I will start loving myself – by forgiving myself.
(Excerpt from 40-day 2019 prayer book)
Lam Yee Ling