Thursday, December 6, 2018
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Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Monday, October 29, 2018
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Have you been discouraged by the masses of people coming to your church to hear the truth of God’s Word dropping down to only a handful of followers? Jesus had that problem, too. Or just maybe he created that problem. I was reading John 6 where Jesus had just fed the 5000 men (not counting women and children) the fishes and the loaves. They showed up the next day wanting signs and miracles. Jesus exposed their true hearts—they wanted him to feed them every day. And then he preached the morbid sermon that began to send the masses away: you must eat my flesh and drink my blood. Even the disciples were appalled! And this is where it gets interesting.
Monday, October 15, 2018
Tuesday, October 9, 2018
What have you been taught about friendships as a pastor’s wife? Were you told to not make friends with those in your church because it could create jealousy? Were you advised to avoid confiding in parishioners because you could end up being the main course at their dinner that night? Were you cautioned to spread yourself around and not limit yourself to one or two friends? How have YOU handled friendships in the church?
I was given much of the advise above. But it just didn’t feel right. I HAVE to have friends. And I need deep friendships—it’s just who I am. So I decided to look at the life of Jesus and I was encouraged by what I discovered.
Jesus chose twelve friends. Actually, it was twelve men he wanted to mentor—but I think he knew or expected they would become his closest friends. Out of those twelve, he had three closer friends—Peter, James, & John. And out of his three closest friends (that he wasn’t afraid to call out for private times), he had a best friend named John. John even called himself “the disciple Jesus loved.”
I was so encouraged when I understood Jesus and his friendships. Of course, he reached out to many people and made himself available to the masses but he spent quality time with those he was mentoring—he wanted to give them a part of himself.
Invest yourself in others and allow them to invest in you! Make friends! Have CLOSE friends. It’s even ok to have a BEST friend. You’ll have to be vulnerable and you may even be wounded or sold out. After all, Judas did that to Jesus. But Jesus would have chosen Judas all over again. Friendships are worth the risk.