Week of November 19 - Day 4

Day 4   Read: Matthew 5:24; 13:44; 16:23

24 leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.

44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.

 23 But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.”

Reflect: What action is commanded or described in each passage?

Consider: As early as the summons of Abram to leave his home and receive the blessing of God, to receive a new name and become a great nation, that blessing was accompanied by a divine purpose—to be a blessing to all the people of the earth (Gen 12:2–3). Similarly, the promise of the presence of Jesus in the conclusion of Matthew is intimately united with the command/commission to go and disciple the world (Matt 28:18–20). Likewise, in the Johannine imparting of the Spirit by Jesus there is a purposeful task assigned to the disciples—namely, communicating the forgiveness of sins (John 20:22–23). So here also the “choosing” and “appointing” of the disciples is not merely for some privilege of being selected to an elite group but for the specific purpose of bearing fruit.[1]

Respond: Where does God want you to GO? What practical steps do you need to take in order to be obedient to His command?

 

[1] Borchert, 150–151.