2020.09.09 Daily Devotional

The Upper Room[1] devotional reflection for Wednesday, September 9th comes to us from Enid Adah Nyinomujuni of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Mark 3:13-19 NRSV[2]    13 He went up the mountain and called to him those whom he wanted, and they came to him. 14 And he appointed twelve, whom he also named apostles, to be with him, and to be sent out to proclaim the message, 15 and to have authority to cast out demons. 16 So he appointed the twelve: Simon (to whom he gave the name Peter); 17 James son of Zebedee and John the brother of James (to whom he gave the name Boanerges, that is, Sons of Thunder); 18 and Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Cananaean, 19 and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him. Then he went home…

I have recently been spending more time reading God’s word and praying, and though I could be more consistent in my practice, every day I grow closer to God than I was the day before.  When I read scripture, it becomes God’s voice to me, and I learn what God is calling me to do.  I pray that as I draw closer to God day by day, I will be better equipped to serve God.

In mark 3:13-15, Jesus first called the disciples to himself then sent them out to preach, heal and minister to those in need.  In Jesus’ presence, they could receive the anointing and the boldness to serve others.  I have found that since I have grown closer to God, I am better able to share God’s word with others.  Without first going to God, we will not have much to give to others.  Being in God’s presence equips us to go out and serve God by caring for God’s people.

 Prayer: Dear Lord, draw us closer to you each day.  Help us to hear your voice in your word so that we may share your love with others.  In Jesus’ name. Amen.

– Enid Adah Nyinomujuni

 

Friends,

Christ calls his disciples, out of the routine of their daily lives, to follow him and witness the redemption of God’s people.  The disciples journeyed with Jesus for three years, at times they seemed to understand his mission and other moments found them missing the mark.  The disciples were able to share space with Christ for three years, we experience the presence of God through scripture, worship, and communal learning.  As Enid’s reflection reminds us, the daily time we spend in the presence of God draws us closer to God and equips us to serve more joyfully.  Following Christ does not require that we be perfect, rather that we consistently seek to get better day by day.

-Pastor Anthony

[1] https://www.upperroom.org/

[2] https://www.biblestudytools.com/nrs/mark/3.html