Worshipers and Doubters – TWC Daily Devotional – Saturday 29 August 2015

  
The first disciples of Jesus spent three years listening to the Master’s teaching, watching Him work signs and wonders, perform miracles, and love people. They were amazed by both His words and His works. They were convinced that He was the Son of God especially after the resurrection. Yet, at this point in Mt.28:16,17 when the eleven disciples went to Galilee to meet Jesus at the mountain just before the ascension, when they saw Him, some worshiped and others doubted! We might think that it was ridiculous that any of them should doubt Jesus – who He was and what He did and was doing. I agree it was ridiculous, but even more ridiculous is the fact that many who call ourselves Christians today are no different from those doubting disciples in Mt.28! We sing about how great He is, how holy He is, how He loves people, how He came to save the lost and how we want to be like Him and surrender our lives to Him, yet we walk out of church each week unchanged. Many amongst us are so often not committed to holiness, nor His work, nor any sacrificial service towards one another, nor the work of saving souls, etc. We say in church, “God, it’s all about You” but we walk right out and live afterwards as though it’s all about us! What have we become? The truth is many Christians today have become a self-indulgent people. There are different degrees of this self-indulgence in everyone of us, myself included. And we have to do something about it. As we walk with the Lord today, maybe we should ask ourselves if we are the worshipers or the doubters. How committed are we to living everyday reflecting that it is indeed all about Him, not us? It is so easy to dress nice and smell good going to church each Sunday isn’t it? But what about rolling up our sleeves and getting serious in God’s work? What about reaching out and ministering to those who are quite different from us whether it is in their socio-economic background, or in the way they behave in church? “The light that shines furthest shines brightest at home”, said Oswald J Smith in his book, The Challenge of Missions. So let us not only love non-believers but also fellow church members. Let us minister not only to those outside church but also to those inside church. Let our light shine brightly at home, and the brighter we shine at home, the further we will also shine in society. Have a great day!  

Barnabas Chong
twcdaily@gmail.com

Today’s Bible Text: 16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshipped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Mt.28:16-20)

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Day 31

by Rev Joel Yong

Joshua 3:13 ESV
And when the soles of the feet of the priests bearing the ark of the Lord, the Lord of all the earth, shall rest in the waters of the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan shall be cut off from flowing, and the waters coming down from above shall stand in one heap.

It is when the priests’ feet were immersed in the waters, that God parts the Jordan River.

It is what is known as ‘Power Along the Way’.

Too often I have led Christians, who follow – sometimes grudgingly and asking me ‘Pastor, we’re not ready. Pastor, the old ways are better. Pastor, when is the harvest coming?’

To such as these- I teach them about the people in the wilderness. About how they wanted to turn back. About how they wondered if they were being led out into the desert to die. And I teach them that it is in OBEDIENCE that we find DIRECTION, that leads to our DESTINATION.

By obeying and committing themselves, getting their feet wet- they experienced God’s power along the way.

Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

Other translations use ‘He will direct your paths’. It is not said we are to receive information first. ‘If you commit, God promises a 3.6% rate of growth, guaranteed’. NO.
It says ‘Trust in the Lord …’ as the very first act to gaining His direction for our paths, our journey in life.

If we do, we will see His hand manifest in directing us every step of the way.