A new verse-by-verse devotional series begins on Sunday, January 3, 2016. Between New Year’s Day and Easter there are 12 weeks. For the first 12 weeks of the New Year we will be looking at “Sayings of Jesus from John’s Gospel.” Each Sunday opens with the saying of the week from John’s Gospel. The remaining days of the week continue the theme by looking at related verses.
Sunday, January 3, 2016
John 1:43 The next day Jess decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, “Follow me.”
Prayer: Jesus, may we hear your call to follow and obey.
Thought for the day: Though it is largely a lost art, wilderness tracking was a skill that early American colonist and settlers depended upon to preserve their lives.
Historic note: The calling of Philip in John 1 takes place during the first year of Jesus’ ministry that is known as the Galilean ministry. Jesus is about thirty years of age. He has been baptized by John, spent time in the wilderness of temptation. As he begins his preaching ministry in Galilee he calls his disciples including Philip. Jesus has the authority to call men and women to follow him.
Monday, January 4, 2016
I Kings 18:21 Elijah went before the people and said, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.”
Prayer: O God, we confess, we are a people too often wavering between loyalty to you and loyalty to the world.
Thought for the day: You cannot receive the latest social media posts from someone you unfollow.
Tuesday, January 5, 2016
Psalm 94: 14, 15 For the Lord will not reject his people; he will never forsake his inheritance. Judgment will again be founded on righteousness, and all the upright I heart will follow it.
Prayer: God, we are so grateful that you have not rejected your people.
Thought for the day: Voting supports a political system, but prayer supports a perfectly just system.
Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Mark 1:17 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.”
Prayer: Jesus, thank you for giving us a message of hope to offer to the lost of the world.
Thought for the day: Pro-bass fishers know where and how to place the right bait to get a strike from a prize-winning catch.
Thursday, January 7, 2016
Matthew 16:24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”
Prayer: Jesus, you showed us the perfect example of a path of self-sacrifice.
Thought for the day: The winning athlete does not say she would prefer to have sacrificed less even if it meant losing.
Friday, January 8, 2016
Matthew 19:21 Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
Prayer: Jesus, as we follow you may we seek the treasure of heaven above all else.
Thought for the day: Today no mummified pharaoh enjoys the treasures taken from his tomb and placed on display in a museum.
Saturday, January 9, 2016
I Peter 2:21 To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, give us eyes to see your footsteps leading us across the pages of our planners and daily itineraries.
Thought for the day: The sands of time may erase your footprints, but they will not erase the good will you demonstrate toward others.