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Day 1: Therefore, go.
“I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Before ascending to heaven, Jesus left the disciples with four things: go and make disciples, baptize them, teach them how to grow, and remember that he’s always with them. In every way, the disciples were average. They weren’t more gifted than everyone else, but they all had one thing in common: Jesus.
God can do amazing things through the lives of average people when we give him full access to our lives. No matter how long you’ve been following Jesus—for one day or forty years—this message applies. When it comes to these four things, how are you doing? Are you making disciples? Are you teaching others how to grow? And do you know he’s always with you?
If the answer is no to any of those, you’re in good company—all of us have room to grow. Confess it to God, and take one step toward growth today.
Day 2: I'm about to do something new.
“But forget all of that, it is nothing compared to what I am going to do.
For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it?
I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.”
Statistically, the average lifespan of a church is 40 years—that represents a generation.
We want to be a church that discerns the times, reaches this generation with the gospel of Jesus, and grows and multiplies disciples for generations to come. Since 1834, that’s what our church has been about: men and women who understand Jesus’ mission and do whatever it takes to help people know him.
How is God calling you to reach this generation, no matter your age or season of life? What are you going to do about it?
Day 3: Remain in him.
The following day John was again standing with two of his disciples. As Jesus walked by, John looked at him and declared, “Look! There is the Lamb of God!” When John’s two disciples heard this, they followed Jesus.
Jesus looked around and saw them following. “What do you want?” he asked them.
They replied, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?”
“Come and see,” he said. It was about four o’clock in the afternoon when they went with him to the place where he was staying, and they remained with him the rest of the day.
The earliest disciples started following Jesus not because they had it figured out or because they had all of their questions answered, it was simply an invitation to start following.
When Jesus said, “Come and see,” the disciples went to the place he was staying, and then remained with him the rest of the day. Following Jesus doesn’t happen just one time—it happens every day as we remain with him, follow him, and continue to trust him with our lives.
No matter what challenges you’re up against or what circumstances come your way today, remain in him.
Day 4: We have found the Messiah
Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of these men who heard what John said and then followed Jesus. Andrew went to find his brother, Simon, and told him, “We have found the Messiah”. Then Andrew brought Simon to meet Jesus.
Andrew’s first response to finding and following Jesus was to go get his brother and bring him along, too. He wanted his brother to experience and know Jesus.
As a church, we want to move from being spectators to participants—from consumers to contributors who are on mission to help people know Jesus. Our spiritual growth is essential so that we can help people get to him.
What does being on mission look like for you today? How can you help lead people closer to Jesus?
Day 5: Come, follow me.
The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Come, follow me.” Philip was from Bethsaida, Andrew and Peter’s hometown. Philip went to look for Nathanael and told him, “We have found the very person Moses and the prophets wrote about! His name is Jesus, the son of Joseph from Nazareth.”
“Nazareth!” exclaimed Nathanael. “Can anything good come from Nazareth?”
“Come and see for yourself,” Philip replied.
Philip didn’t try to convince Nathanael. He just invited him to come and see for himself—Philip trusted in Jesus enough to know that he didn’t need to bend or twist anyone’s arm. Jesus alone was powerful enough to move in Nathanael’s life.
If you keep reading in verses 47-51, Nathanael meets Jesus and begins to follow him, too.
If you’ve been inviting someone with you to church or trying to help someone know Jesus, don’t be discouraged if it’s not happening in the timeline you thought it would. Jesus is working in his or her life, and you can trust him.
Day 1: Love one another.
Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.
Did you know there are over 30 verses in the New Testament that cannot be applied or lived out if you’re not a part of a local church? They’re known as the “one another” statements, or in other words, the verses that aren’t just about what you get out of it, but what you bring to it.
Discouragement can wear on all of us—no matter your season of life, job, circumstances, or daily routine. All of us have been discouraged or are currently in a season of discouraging situations. Today, be on the lookout for someone who might be going through some discouraging times and find a way to genuinely encourage him or her today.
Day 2: You don't need permission.
Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ.
The work of the church and the mission of Jesus is on all of us who follow him—it’s not something left to religious elites, pastors, or church staff. If Jesus has saved you, you don’t need anyone’s permission or specific qualifications to share the love of Christ with those around you.
God speaks and moves from the collective response of his people—when all of us, no matter what we do or what gifts we have, are using what we’ve got to give God glory. How is he calling you to respond to him and be on mission today?
Day 3: Personal, but never private.
Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.
Your relationship with God might be personal, but it should never be private. We can only be as healthy as we are willing to open ourselves up to relationships and people who can keep us accountable and tell us the truth in love, even when it’s hard to hear.
Today, thank God for the people in your life who will tell you the truth. Spend some time reflecting: am I being honest about everything I’m going through with people who can speak truth into my life? Am I keeping people in my life accountable and helping them grow in maturity?
Day 4: Honor one another.
Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.
We want to honor every person we come into contact with—showing one another honor is one of the best ways we can display Christ in our everyday actions. Every person is worthy of respect because they’re made in the image of God.
Is there anyone in your life you’ve dishonored by word or action? Be honest, and if so, spend some in prayer and repentance. Then go to him or her and ask for forgiveness, and show honor with your words by following it up with action.
Day 5: Connect in a group.
All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer.
A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity—all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.
God wants the church to grow numerically because people matter. He wants the church to grow smaller—people getting to know one another deeply and moving beyond the surface—because you matter. Groups help us feel connected, they help facilitate our growth, give us protection, and encourage us to stay in the fight.
If you aren’t already in a group, today is a great day to take the first step, and you can do that here. If you are, thank God for the people in your group, and spend time praying for each of them today. Then make some time to reach out to your group and let them know what they mean to you personally.
Day 1: Expect to grow.
There is much more we would like to say about this, but it is difficult to explain, especially since you are spiritually dull and don’t seem to listen. You have been believers so long now that you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things about God’s word. You are like babies who need milk and cannot eat solid food. For someone who lives on milk is still an infant and doesn’t know how to do what is right. Solid food is for those who are mature, who through training have the skill to recognize the difference between right and wrong.
In this passage, the author is trying to wake us up to a reality we often miss: when you follow Jesus, the expectation is that you’ll grow.
We often don’t know we’re growing moment by moment or day by day, but season by season. Spend time this morning reflecting on the season you were in prior to the one you’re currently in. In what ways have you grown since then? In what ways did God stretch you that you didn’t know at the time? Do you trust him more today than you did then?
Thank God this morning for the growth you’ve experienced, no matter how painful or difficult it was to go through it. Submit to him your current circumstances and season you’re in right now, and ask him to give you eyes to see ways he wants to grow and stretch you that you might not be seeing.
Day 2: Ask Jesus for help.
"This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is God’s word. The seeds that fell on the footpath represent those who hear the message, only to have the devil come and take it away from their hearts and prevent them from believing and being saved. The seeds on the rocky soil represent those who hear the message and receive it with joy. But since they don’t have deep roots, they believe for a while, then they fall away when they face temptation. The seeds that fell among the thorns represent those who hear the message, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the cares and riches and pleasures of this life. And so they never grow into maturity. And the seeds that fell on the good soil represent honest, good-hearted people who hear God’s word, cling to it, and patiently produce a huge harvest."
What’s going on in your heart these days? What frustrates you? Is there any place in your life you have a hard time trusting Jesus?
Bring it to Jesus and ask him for his help. You might not see growth or progress in ways you’ve been hoping for, and that’s okay. Tend to the soil of your heart first, and God will produce a harvest.
Day 3: Growth starts here.
"Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me. Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing."
Growth starts with connecting to Jesus every day. Our primary aim isn’t to produce growth for ourselves, because apart from Jesus we can do nothing. Our primary goal is to connect to Jesus, and growth will flow from our connection to him.
Today, make this your prayer:
More of you, Jesus
Less of me
Until all that’s left of me is Christ alone.
Day 4: Give yourself away.
2 Corinthians 9:6-7
Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. You must decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.”
We exist to give ourselves away. Our postures as a church and as individuals should simply be to have open hands. Open hands say, “These are not our resources, this is all God’s. God, take it and use it how you see fit.” When you have closed hands and clenched fists, nothing can get in or out.
How is God growing you in your generosity lately? What one step can you take to trust God more with your resources and open up your hands for him to use what he’s given you?
Day 5: More like him.
But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
Jesus said it over and over: you’ll know how much you’ve grown by the fruit you produce.
From this list that Paul gives to us in Galatians: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control, what fruits of the spirit do you need his help with the most?
Connect with Jesus today, and ask for his help as you grow to look more and more like him.
Day 1: He is with you.
Then the Lord told him, “I have certainly seen the oppression of my people in Egypt. I have heard their cries of distress because of their harsh slave drivers. Yes, I am aware of their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them from the power of the Egyptians and lead them out of Egypt into their own fertile and spacious land. It is a land flowing with milk and honey—the land where the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites now live. Look! The cry of the people of Israel has reached me, and I have seen how harshly the Egyptians abuse them. Now go, for I am sending you to Pharaoh. You must lead my people Israel out of Egypt.”
But Moses protested to God, “Who am I to appear before Pharaoh? Who am I to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt?”
God answered, “I will be with you. And this is your sign that I am the one who has sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God at this very mountain.”
When God gave Moses the command to lead his people, Moses felt unqualified and hesitant. He didn’t think he had the skill, talent, or background for someone who was going to lead God’s people. He begged God to choose someone else.
Notice God’s response to Moses: he doesn’t affirm that Moses is qualified and skilled, but instead, God reminds Moses that he will be with him.
What task before you makes you feel like you’re not enough right now? Remember today that because of Jesus, you don’t have to be enough. He is more than enough.
Day 2: God specializes in the extraordinary.
But Moses pleaded with the Lord, “O Lord, I’m not very good with words. I never have been, and I’m not now, even though you have spoken to me. I get tongue-tied, and my words get tangled.”
It’s not a mistake that God called Moses to do the thing that brought out his deepest insecurities—it forced Moses to rely on God instead of himself. God specializes in doing extraordinary things through ordinary people.
Sometimes our deepest insecurities coming to light can make way for God to remind us where our power comes from. If you’re wrestling through insecurity right now and trying to solve it on your own, surrender it to God today, and put your trust in him and not in your ability or strength.
Day 3: Don't go alone.
Then the Lord asked Moses, “Who makes a person’s mouth? Who decides whether people speak or do not speak, hear or do not hear, see or do not see? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go! I will be with you as you speak, and I will instruct you in what to say.”
But Moses again pleaded, “Lord, please! Send anyone else.”
Then the Lord became angry with Moses. “All right,” he said. “What about your brother, Aaron the Levite? I know he speaks well. And look! He is on his way to meet you now. He will be delighted to see you. Talk to him, and put the words in his mouth. I will be with both of you as you speak, and I will instruct you both in what to do. Aaron will be your spokesman to the people. He will be your mouthpiece, and you will stand in the place of God for him, telling him what to say. And take your shepherd’s staff with you, and use it to perform the miraculous signs I have shown you.”
In these passages, Moses went from protesting with God to pleading with him to send someone else. God encourages him not to go alone, but to take Aaron, his brother, for support.
Like so many of us, God was asking Moses to be a leader, and Moses didn’t see himself as anything great. A leader is anyone who steps up and makes a difference—leadership is influence, and it’s not dependent on titles, positions, or natural abilities. And we’re never supposed to do it alone.
How can you lean into God’s power and others’ support today, and resist the temptation to go at it alone?
Day 4: Here I am—send me.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10
Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
God often puts us in situations where we need to face our insecurities so that we can feel his power and his presence all the more.
Whatever hardships, persecutions, or troubles you’re facing today, ask him how he can use those to deepen your dependence on him further.
Today, make this your prayer:
God, here I am. Send me.
Watch how God will answer it.
Day 5: More like Jesus.
1 Peter 2:9-10
But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.
“Once you had no identity as a people;
now you are God’s people.
Once you received no mercy;
now you have received God’s mercy."
When we reach out and serve others, we show others the goodness of God. Whether you serve kids in Kids Ministry, direct traffic in and out of the parking lot on Sundays, help greet people as they’re walking into church, lead a group, or direct a camera—all of it is showing people the goodness of who God is and what he’s done for us.
We never look more like Jesus than when we’re serving others. Whatever area he’s given for you to serve, thank him, remember your purpose in being there, and keep going.