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08/06/2023 - 09/06/2023 All day

Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13).

The Apostle John has been variously referred to as the “disciple Jesus loved!” There is a reason. John and his brother James were sons of Zebedee , a trader in fish-ware, along with Peter and his bother Andrew. Then one day destiny caught up with all when Jesus called them to follow him as his disciples ( Mathew 4:18-22).

As a disciple John would form the inner circle of Jesus’s ministry. “Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain” (Mathew 17:1), to witness the Transfiguration. Being that close, gave John opportunity to observe the most pivotal moments of Jesus’s ministry which he would later write about. He was present at the Last Supper, the Crucifixion, the empty tomb, and in Jesus’s final Sea of Galilee appearance. During the Last Supper, it is recorded, “Now there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved” (John 13:23). It is John!

In all John was not just a follower of Jesus but a personal friend. Hence John stood at the foot of the cross to witness his death, ran to the tomb after the Resurrection to confirm that it was empty, and was an eye witness to his resurrection.

Although none here maybe as close, John’s example teaches us that our love for Jesus Christ may not simply be a one-way street. Much as Jesus loved John; he too had that special devotion towards him. When the disciples received the Holy Spirit John was there; together with Peter and others soon after they boldly went out to share the Good News! Most importantly, John would write the Gospel of Jesus and the book of Revelation!

Perhaps here we might examine our relationship with Jesus. Could it be just a one way street! Or, there is something John challenges us, to be just as devoted!

Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I pray to be as loving to you just as you chose me, and through this special relationship grow to experience more of your love, this I pray in Jesus’s name!

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    “Who dares despise the day of small things, since the seven eyes of the Lord that range throughout the earth will rejoice when they see the chosen capstone in the hand of Zerubbabel” ( Zechariah 4:10).

    The public life of King David is well known. However, there is an early aspect of his life quite hidden though we can get glimpse of it. The first time we get to know David he is a stay home kid while his big brothers are on to bigger stuff, like fighting with King Saul. “Jesse’s three oldest sons had followed Saul to the war: The firstborn was Eliab; the second, Abinadab; and the third, Shammah. David was the youngest. The three oldest followed Saul, but David went back and forth from Saul to tend his father’s sheep at Bethlehem” ( I Samuel 27:13-14).

    Left home alone perhaps it was a time for David to bond with the old man Jesse. Maybe he sometimes felt idle and ignored. But there was something maturing in his life for the life ahead. For in the meantime as he would later point to King Saul once an opportunity availed itself, God was ironing out his CV. When he offered to take on Goliath and Saul hesitated, he quickly shot back: “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine” (vv 35-37).

    That’s the point. What had apparent been idle moments God was preparing David for the battles ahead? He would not only emerge out of the shadow as a great warrior but also a shepherd of his people ever relying on God.

    Equally so, for all of us, there are moments that might appear idle and we feel frustrated as we see the days go by. Yet, in His gentle ways, God is preparing us for great days ahead.

    Prayer today: Lord Father God, maker of heaven and earth, for those periods in life of apparent inactivity and maybe trials, help me appreciate them as the maturing me, for in due time and season all will bear fruit, this I pray in Jesus’ name!

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