Friday, January 18
Have you ever gotten a new job and the first few days or weeks are dedicated to training? Everybody loves training days…not. It seems boring, and feels like a waste of time. In those days we all are thinking when are we going to get to work and do what we were hired for. Well we have many of the same thoughts when we think about getting trained to do what Jesus has asked us to do. But is it a waste of time? Is it pointless?
Acts 1:14 “All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.”
Acts 2:42 “And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.”
Acts 6:4 “But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.”
The 1st century christians knew that they must devote themselves to the apostles teaching (the word of God), to each other and to prayer if they were going to survive the difficult days of their day. They trained themselves and allowed themselves to be trained so they could be strong, educated and devoted followers of Jesus Christ.
What we have to see is that the mature christian life comes through hard work, devotion to His word and to the listening and application of it. We must be trained so that we can withstand the difficult days coming and even be faithful in the good days when we tend to forget about God because everything is ok. In both of these times we have to go back to our training. If you haven’t been trained then, today, make a commitment to read, study, listen to Gods word whenever possible. But also make a commitment to prayer. Pray, communicate with God so you can know Him better.
“God, training days are hard, but today I want you to train me. I want to know your word better, so that I can teach it, live it out and proclaim it to all those around me. Father help be not grow weary in my training days. Help me keep my perspective right. That these days will help be strong in the coming days. And Lord, only you know what those days hold so please prepare me now for what is to come and help me be a willing recipient of your training. Amen.”
Pick Four More Activities
Listen and Worship.
Pray a Psalm.
Read a Book.
Retell the Gospel to Yourself.
Take Some Notes on Today's Devotional.
Pray for Yourself, Your Family, Your Church, and the Lost.
Memorize a Verse.
List Five Things You're Thankful For.