Sunday, December 16, 2018

Matthew 28:18-19a NIV 2011

“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”

 

Eleven disciples followed Christ’s directions to go to a mountain in Galilee. Jesus’ words spoken have been called the Great Commission. Believing Jesus was sent as God’s final sacrifice for the sins of all was not the end of the story. They were to share the Good News with all. Matthew 28:20, “and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” The disciples were resolute in their devotion. Acts 2:42, “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” Salvation begins a believer’s race requiring daily devotion to the Savior.

 

Many new believers feel they have arrived when they are saved. Salvation is not a destination but in reality it is the beginning of a race. Yes, it was my starting point, but by no means did it end there. Becoming a follower of Jesus is more like running a marathon the rest of our lives. 26.219 miles is a long distance if you’ve never run one. Training begins helping athletes complete the race. My race devoted to the Savior ends when I walk into eternity.

 

Why does a believer’s race require daily devotion?

 

Devoted to the Savior,

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