TUESDAY 13TH JULY, 2021
THEME: STAY WITH CHRIST
PASSAGE: JOHN 1:35-42
MEMORY VERSE: Acts 4:13 “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marvelled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus.”
HYMN: MHB 470 (S.M.) – STILL with Thee, O my God.
The disciples of John the Baptist, who left him to follow Jesus Christ in the passage we read today, realized that it was time for them to move with the power higher than what they were used to.
One noticeable thing about whosoever would stay with Jesus is that their loyalty has to be with Christ. Jesus Christ emphasized this by saying, “No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other” (Matthew 6:24). Immediately the disciples followed Christ, they never looked back, but decided to know where Christ was staying and live with Him.
Staying with Christ means leaving mortality for immortality; holding tenaciously to the name that is above every other name; aspiring to know Christ and the power of His resurrection; being thirsty and hungry for the presence of the Almighty God; submitting the personal will for the will of God to prevail.
When you stay with Christ, He will work on you and people will see the difference in your life. When the religious leaders in Acts 4:13 saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that they had been with Jesus.
It will be a spiritual fatality if your essence of staying with Jesus Christ is because you want riches, miracles, fruitfulness, comfort of life or victory over your enemy. Those who want His work but not His way can never share His life. You have to believe Him, trust Him and lean on Him, in order to experience the saving grace. He stated in Luke 9:58 and Matt. 8:20 that even foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests but the Son of man hath not where to lay His head.
PRAYER: Lord, help me to know You more and dwell in Your presence all the days of my life. Amen.
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