Day 4: Go, and Be Like Me
Have you ever given much thought to what you would say to your children, parents, siblings, and/or friends if you knew you would never see them again? Chances are you would tell them how much you love and care for them, and all of the hopes and dreams you have for them. Right?
A similar scene unfolds at the end of Jesus’ time here on Earth. He’s not on his deathbed (He had already defeated death!), but He is, in a way, leaving. What does He decide to share? He looks to His friends and says, “…go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:19-20).
There are at least two things to note about this passage. First, Jesus encourages His disciples to be like Him. He encourages them to do for others what He did for them. He encourages them to make disciples. And second, even though He is leaving, Jesus says He will be with them always.
As you read today, consider this: How did Peter respond to the challenges he experienced, and to Jesus’ final command?
Think back through all of the readings from this week: How did Peter respond to the challenges he experienced? How did he respond to Jesus’ final command to go and make disciples?
Would you have responded any differently a year ago? 5 years ago? 10 years ago?
Would you respond any differently today?
F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)
Read: Ruth 1 & 2
Reflect: What did you H.E.A.R. from God today? HEAR Bible Study Method
Heavenly Father, I realize that all of Scripture may be summarized in two simple commands: “Love the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind and strength, and love your neighbor as yourself; Go and make disciples of all nations.” As this week comes to a close, I pray that You will continually reveal to me the ways in which I can sacrificially love others, and tell others of the sacrificial love You have for them. These truths are life changing, and I want them to continually help me grow into the person You have made me to be. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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