Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Follow Me

Jesus compacted his earthly ministry into three years. He was intentional with who He asked to travel with Him, knew exactly where He wanted go, and didn't waste opportunities to minister along the way. He was confident in who He was and the purpose of His mission on earth. Granted, He is God, so He is privy to information that we don't have in front of us, but His example is still worth examining. Following the model of Jesus tells us: 
  • Don't waste efforts--know what you're trying to accomplish and work diligently towards that goal.
  • Look for opportunities to make a difference in the the people we see along the journey.
  • Keep a close band of brothers (and sisters) around you that encourage and help you.
  • Take dedicated time to pray in the middle of busy schedules.
  • Remember that no matter what we are doing, it's the Father's work.
  • Conditions will not always be ideal, but you can still do what's right.
  • Willingly submit to God's authority and plan even if you'd rather do something else. It's our obedience that matters more than what He's asking us to do.
  • Be compassionate towards the people we pass on this journey. We aren't always able to see what's going on in their lives, but we can stop to let them know that they aren't alone.
  • Stay focused on the mission that God has given you and don't forget that the steps of the journey are just as important as the destination.
  • Move with intentional confidence-not in your own abilities, but in God's direction and plan. 
  • When you're listening intently to God you'll know when a job is finished.

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