Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2015 - Day 156
Devotional Song: … GO TO THIS LINK … Please take the time to take in a video of my friend, Clay Crosse and two of his friends, Bob Carlisle and Bebe Wynans, singing I Will Follow Christ … relating the challenge - yet the calling - to follow Christ.
Highlight Passage Philippians 3: 13-14 [ESV] …
13 Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
… The former Saul of Tarsus, living out his calling as a post-resurrection Apostle,
Highlight Context - Philippians 3: 7-17 [ESV] … USE THIS LINK …
… Paul’s singular dedication to his calling in Christ
Reference Passage #1 - Proverbs 3: 5-6 [ESV] …
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.
… Trust and obey … there’s no other way!
Reference Passage #2 - 2nd Corinthians 11: 16-28 [ESV] … USE THIS LINK
… What Paul went through as an Apostle demonstrates his singular dedication to his calling as a Christian
Reference Passage #3 - Ephesians 4: 1-2 [ESV] …
1 I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, …
… Paul’s exhortation to live - as he did - in a manner worthy of our calling as a Christian …
My Journal for Today: Today’s Our Daily Bread author, David C McCasland, took his readers (me) back to the writings of the Apostle Paul, which make up close to 2/3 of the entire New Testament. Paul was a living example of His own teaching as well as a model of how Christians should live.
Paul’s conversion on the road to Damascus was a miracle; and he knew it! … And so, Paul took his calling as a Christian, and especially as an Apostle, VERY seriously - just as he exhorted all believers in their calling as Christians (see the reference passages linked/copied above).
And if you - as have i - take in the attached photo, the song sung by Clay Crosse and friends, as well as the Scriptures above, you may be challenged - as was I - to evaluate the dedication and worthiness of our calling in Christ.
Are we living out what God has called us into as Christians? … Will we today?
My Prayer Today: Oh Lord, … I pray to walk a walk of worthiness as you have called me - as well as Your Apostle, Paul - to walk. Amen
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