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God invites us into communion with Him. Jesus spoke these words, “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavily burdened [by religious rituals that provide no peace], and I will give you rest [refreshing your souls with salvation].” (Matthew 11:28 AMP) When we accept this invitation and get to know Him, we experience His love, grace and goodness, and our lives are transformed into His image. (II Corinthians 3:12-18) As we are washed with this great Love, fully expressed in Jesus the Son, we cry out, “My Savior and my Lord!” Our aspiration to live in the declaration that Jesus is Lord cannot be realized unless we encounter and know the Holy Trinity. So, the invitation is before us. Hear the Lord saying, “Come to Me!”
· Ponder the painting of the door: What is the seen ad unseen invitation?
· How will you come into his divine presence for transformation?
Jesus’s first words to his disciples were, “Come, follow me!” He later told them to go and make disciples of all nations. If we have not first encountered Jesus and fallen in love with the “Word who became flesh”, we cannot partner with Him in making disciples. We must learn to hear His voice, trust Him to guide us and follow wherever He may lead us. He modeled for us the importance of an intimate relationship with the Father so that we, like Jesus, might “do only the things we see the Father doing” (John 5:19-20). Jesus said, “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me [following Me as My disciple], for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:29 AMP) Hear the Lord saying, “Come, follow Me!”
· Ponder the painting of the path: Have you heard his call to follow?
· Do you trust him to guide you even when you don’t know where it will lead you?
As we walk with Jesus, we discover that God pours abundant grace into our lives. The flow of grace never ends. We are leaky vessels like clay jars that are cracked and broken (II Corinthians 4:6-12 AMP). But there is always more of His grace. Even in our brokenness, He uses us and fills us. (ii Corinthians 12:9-11) Filled with His love and grace, we are joined together with others in the Body of Christ to fulfill the work of the kingdom. Hear the Lord saying, “Come, live in My grace!”
· Ponder the painting of the clay jar: What do you notice?
· How is the Lord’s grace flowing through your brokenness? Individually? In community?