“I have chosen you.” (John 15:16a, KJV )
Today, a reminder from Oswald Chambers’ devotional, “My Utmost for His Highest”: “Keep that note of greatness in your creed. It is not that you have got God, but that He has got you.” – Luther
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33, NIV)
The disciple of Jesus should fear only one thing: The displeasure of his or her heavenly Father.
Our world is a marketplace of fear and trouble. If we forget for even a moment that God is bigger than any trouble or peril we shall ever face in our lifetime, we will lose heart.
Jesus has plainly told us that we will face trouble in this world, so any trouble we encounter should not come as a surprise. However, He has also told us that we should not fear or lose heart: “I have overcome the world.”
Face each day with this confidence! – Luther
“When Peter saw him (John), he asked, ‘Lord, what about him?’ Jesus answered, ‘If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.’” (John 21:21-22, NIV)
As disciples of Jesus, we each have an assignment to execute in God’s plan.
It is humanly natural to compare, to contrast, and to compete — but such characteristics have no place in the fellowship of God’s people. We who belong to God must, instead, strive to cooperate, to collaborate, and to cheer-on all others working with God — even if we don’t comprehend what it is they have been assigned by our common Lord.
If we don’t see it, what is that to us? We do see Jesus, and it is Him we must follow.
Anything more is a diversion, and anything less is a distraction. Stay focused. – Luther