This week’s “Thursday Quote Day” features a quote from pastor and author Mark Batterson:
“But I’ve come to realize that getting where God wants me to go isn’t nearly as important as becoming who God wants me to be in the process. And God seems to be far less concerned with where I’m going than with who I’m becoming.” (Mark Batterson Wild Goose Chase)
This week’s “Thursday Quote Day” features a quote from pastor and author Max Lucado:
“We must trust God. We must trust not only that he does what is best, but that he knows what is ahead.” Max Lucado A Gentle Thunder
“You, therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, commit to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.
Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in the concerns of civilian life; he seeks to please the recruiter. Also, if anyone competes as an athlete, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. The hardworking farmer ought to be the first to get a share of the crops. Consider what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.” (2 Timothy 2:1-7)
This passage is part of one of the last letters that Paul wrote. He was writing to Timothy, one of his spiritual children and fellow minister. Paul wanted to encourage & exhort his young friend and co-worker. Here Paul shares with Timothy the importance of passing on what he had learned. We are to make disciples who make disciples. This means pouring our lives into others who then in turn pour their lives into others.
This is not easy. Paul uses the analogy of a solder, an athlete & a farmer to get this point across. It will be hard work, there will be suffering, there will be hard times. Yet we are called to the work, to do it with all our heart and mind and body, to do it until our time is done. But we also know that we are not alone, we have the Holy Spirit inside of us. And we also have fellow believers alongside.
This week, let us continue in the work of loving, of sharing, of teaching and of spreading the word of Jesus Christ.
“Then He told them, “These are My words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about Me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets, and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures. He also said to them, “This is what is written: The Messiah would suffer and rise from the dead the third day, and repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning at Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And look, I am sending you what My Father promised. As for you, stay in the city until you are empowered from on high.” (Luke 24:44-49)
These words from Jesus are the last ones recorded of Him speaking in the book of Luke. They were said to the disciples around the time of Jesus’ ascension. He was returning to the Father but before He did, Jesus did two things.
One, he taught them. He “opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.” He helped them to understand and relate those passages in the Old Testament (Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms) and how they relate to Jesus. And not only that, how Jesus fulfilled those promises and prophesies.
Two, he instructed them. He told them that he would be sending them someone that the Father promised. That someone is the Holy Spirit. They were to wait in Jerusalem until the Holy Spirit comes to empower them in sharing the Gospel in which they were witnesses.
We have that same message and we have that same Spirit inside of us. We have the Scriptures are able to understand them through the Holy Spirit. And because of that same Holy Spirit, we are able to go and share the message with others. This week, let us be about that. There is a world out there that needs some good news. We have that good news in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
This week’s “Thursday Quote Day” features another quote from physicist and philosopher Blaise Pascal:
“Belief is a wise wager. Granted that faith cannot be proved, what harm will come to you if you gamble on its truth and it proves false? If you gain, you gain all; if you lose, you lose nothing. Wager, then, without hesitation, that He exists.” (Blaise Pascal)