Sunday, 22nd August 2021
Ps Robert Morris (Guest Speaker)
“To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all who in every place call on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours.” (1 Corinthians 1:2)
We are all called to be saints. When we think of calling, immediately we think about the disciples of Jesus. Jesus called the disciples to do three things.
“Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases.” (Luke 9:1)
Many places in the Bible say that Jesus called the disciples to preach the Gospel, heal the sick and cast out demons. Jesus is actually calling all of us, He is concerning about all of us, preach the Gospel is about our spirit, heal the sick is about our body and cast out demons is about out soul. He wants to set us free, to help us and for us to help others. We know Jesus called the disciples to do, but more importantly, Jesus called them to be. Because the power to do comes from the power to be.
“Then He appointed twelve, that they might be with Him and that He might send them out to preach, and to have power to heal sicknesses and to cast out demons.” (Mark 3:14-15)
Before Jesus called the disciples to do, He asked them to be with Him. The disciples needed to learn to be with Him. Jesus appointed the twelve disciples to be with Him, and then He might send them out. Before Jesus appoint them to do, He appointed them to be. The disciples need to learn to be with Him. The power without peace is poison. A lot of people have the power but without peace then it will be poison. As Christians, we are called to pray for people, but we will have no power in our prayers if we are unplugged.
“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5)
branches grow on the vine and without Jesus, we have no power and we can do nothing. If we don’t grow in Jesus like branches grow in vines, then we have no power. We can grow in grace, and grow in our knowledge, but more importantly we should be growing in our relationship with Jesus Christ. No matter how long we know Jesus, we need to continue growing.
We might have conflicts with people who don’t come to the same church as us, but Jesus said those who are not against us are for us. In the past, the disciples tried to stop children to come to Jesus, and asked Jesus to destroy a city. They were rebuked by Jesus and they learnt from it. They grew in their relationship with Jesus and received power to influence people and spread the Gospels around the world even until today.
The disciples were all sacrificed for the Lord, they grew because of their relationship with Jesus, and they glowed for Jesus. We’re not the light but the more we know the light the more it will shine on us. We must be around the light and know the light then we can become the light. We can’t produce light by our own, but some of us know we are not glowing anymore because we no longer spend time with Jesus. We are not going to glow if we don’t grow if we don’t spend time with Jesus.
Rev Daniel Xi An Poon (Senior Pastor)
We must know, grow and glow in Jesus. The morning devotion is the DNA of Bread of Life Christian Church in South Auckland. Every morning, before everything starts, we must hold on God tight, to commit ourselves and to come close to God. What stops us to wake up early to come close to God? Let us grow and glow together!