The Full Experience of Discipleship – Time and the Journey - Friday, January 24th

The Full Experience of Discipleship – Time and the Journey - Friday, January 24th

For you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light (for the fruit of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth), trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them; for it is disgraceful even to speak of the things which are done by them in secret. But all things become visible when they are exposed by the light, for everything that becomes visible is light. For this reason, it says, “Awake, sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” Therefore, be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. Ephesians 5:8-16

Today's thoughts from today's verses:

What a simple way to capture all that has been said so far, “walk as children of light” and “be careful how you walk …. making the most of your time.” This is well reflected in the life of 20th century missionary martyr, Jim Elliot, who said, “he is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep for that which he cannot lose.”

Also, we need to remember that we are not on this journey alone. As we live out our devotion to intimacy with the Lord and intimacy with faithful others, our lights will shine in ways that unreached others will see and respond to. The cycle of redemption is a glorious thing and we have everything we need to ensure that we will follow through and not “fall down on the job.” Yes, we will make the most of our time here on earth by being ones who truly “live fully” for God in the full experience of discipleship.

Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:

Lord, my heart, my will, my resources, and my time are all yours. I am your disciple completely and fully for all the days you give me. May you be glorified fully as I live fully for you, day by day. Keep me steady and sure on the path of genuine discipleship. May your people everywhere walk with you faithfully and triumphantly. Amen!

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