Committed to Christ

April 2, 2013

Today’s Reflection

DISCIPLES OF JESUS CHRIST are called by Christ to undertake a bewildering variety of tasks.

God does not call all disciples to be choir members or teachers or preachers or any other one or two things. God does call all disciples to a careful and prayerful discernment of God’s call on their lives through Jesus Christ.

God also calls us to continue to grow as disciples. We cannot say, “Now I’m a disciple and I no longer need to stretch my spirituality.” We must be intentional in our growing throughout our lives. …

What’s the upshot of all this? Your neighbor is no less a disciple of Jesus Christ than you are just because he or she does not live out his or her discipleship the same way you do! The common denominator is that all disciples do what they do out of a commitment to Jesus Christ.

-Teresa Gilbert, Patty Johansen, and Jay Regennitter

Charting a Course of Discipleship

From page 40 of Charting a Course of Discipleship: A Workbook on Christian Discipleship, Revised Edition by Teresa Gilbert, Patty Johansen, and Jay Regennitter; revised by Delia Halverson.Copyright © 2012 by Discipleship Resources. All rights reserved. Used by permission. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Where is your commitment to Christ leading you? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

The God of our ancestors raised up Jesus, whom you had killed by hanging him on a tree. God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior that he might give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins.

Acts 5:31, NRSV

This Week: pray those who new believers. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section below.

Did You Know?

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Saints, Inc.:

This week we remember
Martin Luther King Jr.
(April 4).

Lectionary Readings

(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)

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robert moeller April 2, 2013 at 5:19 am

I’m being led to support my son and daughter, Anneliese, Brandon and Logan, and church.

Yes, Lord may the Holy Spirit be on new believers but also on those too busy to pray, those searching for you, those who have strayed, those whose belief is wavering, and those who do not believe. Lord, I give thanks that I always have you and I thank you for all you have done.
In your name I pray, Amen.

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Jill April 2, 2013 at 5:43 am

My commitment to Christ is calling me to be alive to Him and dead to myself and my sinful nature. To recognize sooner, and to turn towards Him. A new awareness of the power of words, and the tones and facial expressions that accompany them.

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Connie April 2, 2013 at 6:59 am

My commitment to Christ is to let people know that I love Him. I am committed to loving and following Him forever. When I picture His death on the cross and His resurrection, I am filled with hope. Thank you, Jesus.
We cannot do enough.

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Jay April 2, 2013 at 7:44 am

Father, lead me to become more engaged with personal ministry. To give me the courage to push beyond my self imposed limitations so that I may be an example of Your love. Amen

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Gary April 2, 2013 at 8:33 am

My commitment to Christ leads me into a prayer ministry where the Holy Spirit can use my voice to share Christ’s love personally for those seeking to know Christ in their need of prayer.

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Sally Friedli April 2, 2013 at 10:04 am

He is leading me to have a different role in my church, not so much a leadership role, as a ‘behind the scenes’ role…with some new gifts that are bringing me closer to Him. Little things you do in your church anonymously can have an impact on others and is interesting to see others catch on. A small garden near our fellowship hall doors has been spruced up by several anonymous donors! And it blesses others in the church!

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william hamel May 22, 2013 at 12:05 pm

He knows we are always guided by the way that best suits each to play the role that we have designed

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