Read Philippians 4:4-9; Matthew 16:24
This week we saw God call Moses to be obedient. God was going to use Moses to save Israel! This is amazing and yet Moses is finding every problem he can to get out of it, “I don’t speak well, they won’t listen, who will I even say sent me?” If I’m honest I think I often think this way when God is calling me towards obedience. Jesus tells all of us if we want to be disciples we must “pick up our cross and follow him” (Matthew 16:24). Just like Moses we are given a command “deny ourselves, pick up our cross and follow.” And just like Moses we have an opportunity to obey God or not. But also just like Moses, God promises to be with us as we bear our crosses (Phil. 4:9). The journey is treacherous and is not about us but about God’s plan for redemption and yet we know that He is with us, living and active.
Questions for Reflection: What area of your life might God be calling for your obedience? What does being a disciple mean? What benefit is there in knowing that God is with us?
Read 2 Timothy 1:6-14; Mark 15:16
Paul is writing to encourage his spiritual child Timothy. He isn’t just writing for leisure however; Paul is awaiting execution. Even knowing that the end of his ministry and his life are coming and his friends have mostly deserted him for fear of persecution, Paul is concerned that Timothy find strength in the power of God. We are called to go and proclaim the gospel to all the ends of the earth! Sometimes knowing that we may rock the boat we prefer to stay silent for fear of the condemnation people may hurl at us, the social out casting or being labeled judgmental. Paul’s exhortation rings clear! “Do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, but share in the suffering for the gospel by the power of God!” Moses was called to deliver a message to Pharaoh, we are called to deliver the gospel message to a dying world. May we embrace the message that is greater than any before and any to come and that comes with the authority and power of God!
Questions for Reflection: Does it frighten you to share the gospel? If so, why might that be? Does 2 Timothy change that? Paul mentions (2 Tim 1:12) “he knows whom he has believed,” do you know whom it is that you have believed?
Reflections by Taylor Floyd