Becoming a disciple: Trusting in the anchor

Scripture – Hebrews 6:18-19

we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us. This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls.


We can be full of faith and confidence and trust in the promise of hope. Even though sometimes it may feel like we, the ship, have floated so far away from where we thought the anchor was, and that surely the tether line must have become detached, we can and must continue to anchor our souls to the promises of God.


Jesus is who we cling to. Our hope in him. As savior. As healer. As protector. As provider. As one who is present. As one who never fails. As one who cannot lie.


Father, let everything else fade away. Let my hope and trust in Jesus be what remains. My life is not my own. You bought me with the price of your son’s blood. My life, my future, it is all in your hands. There’s no other place I’d rather it be. Thank you for being faithful even though I don’t deserve you faithfulness. Your kingdom come in power today. In Jesus’ name, amen.


Becoming a disciple: It’s ok to be weak, but we must be willing

Scripture – Judges 6:15

“Please, Lord, how can I save Israel? Behold, my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.”


This is Gideon speaking. Gideon, the one who shortly after with just 300 men would send the entire enemy army into confusion and retreat without hardly lifting a finger. How? Because the LORD was with them. He showed Gideon and all Israel that He didn’t need them at all but he wanted to invite them to participate with him, with absolutely no room for thinking they did it themselves!

To further illustrate his point, God chose to use the weakest man in the weakest family in the weakest clan in the weakest tribe in Israel. God is trying to make a point.

God can demonstrate his strength in our weakness. He desires willingness to trust him, obedience to follow him and faith to believe what he says despite the circumstances in the natural.


Have we ever felt like we should be the last choice, the last pick? Have we ever felt like the runt of the litter? At home, at work, at school, or even at church?

Jesus is in the business of using us when we don’t feel like we can be used. He loves to use the weak and our weaknesses.

However, unless we learn to willingly, obediently and faithfully trust, follow and believe him when he calls us, it makes no difference if we are weak or strong.

Let us not let our weaknesses define us, but rather our willingness, our obedience and our faith. We each need to be strong in those areas otherwise we’ll be forever hiding like Gideon was before he was called.

Has God called you into an assignment? Have you accepted it or are you hiding behind your weaknesses as an excuse not to complete the assignment given to you? Jesus is looking for boldness to follow him wherever he leads.


Jesus, you are the very reason I can breathe. You are the reason I desire to continue breathing. If you did not desire to share the truth about how much you love people to everyone on earth, I would have been beamed or zapped up to heaven the moment I believed in you. My life on earth is not about me but about those who don’t yet know that you have already died for them. Make the life of each believer inextricably intertwined with the core mission of the global Church – to share this saving truth with everyone else. Be glorified by your people today. Father, I love being your son. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Becoming a disciple: The adventure of being in HisStory

Scripture – Joshua 21:45

Not one word of all the good promises that the LORD had made to the house of Israel had failed; all came to pass.


God is faithful. We can trust him to remain true to his promises.

God had made a promise to Abraham many, many years before. Abraham had never heard of neither Moses nor Joshua. If he had been told by God at the time that many years from then, a couple of million of his descendants would take over and settle in the land that he was looking at, as an old childless man, I’m not sure his brain would have been able to take it.

As it was, Abraham had had a hard time initially believing the fact that he and Sarai would have a son at all. With this documented account of the magnitude of God’s power and faithfulness, no matter how far-fetched the promised appeared to be, why do we doubt?


We have been invited into history. His Story. The Story of God.

At times, we might be asked just to believe a promise of God and to walk in faith, as Abraham did. We may not see the results in our lifetime, but we can be sure God is faithful. At other times, we might be asked to play a role that helps fulfill promises God has made to others long ago, who we may have never met, as Joshua did. As God creates his story and invites us to be a part of it, there’s really only two things that he needs from us:

1. Faith. Trust. Belief. Being ok with not knowing every detail but being content with knowing the author of the story.

2. Obedience. Knowing the voice of the Holy Spirit and following his lead.

We never know how God may be wanting to use us to bless others and to show his faithfulness. It may be a secret gift, a secret prayer, a word or note of encouragement, a hug, a secret act of service, a step of boldness, a step out of the comfort zone…life is incredibly fun if we embrace the adventure that God wants to use us to answer prayers and fulfill promises. We are his body. We have the one Spirit. We are the Church.

Let’s be full of faith and ready to obey today.


Jesus. Wow. Your word is so good. Holy Spirit, thank you for illuminating truth this morning. Amen.