COMMISSIONED FORWARD

Daily Devotional

“From that time Jesus began to show His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem” (Matthew 16:21).

The life of faith is a commissioned existence always oriented to the future; to the pursuit and fulfillment of the unfolding purposes of God. Like any teacher of his day, Jesus could have focused solely on a local collection of disciples, drawing them ever closer into their own existence, self-interests, preferences, traditions, and an ever-growing preoccupation of maintaining what they now have while convincing themselves that this is pleasing to God. A commission, however, is for all and not some; the many not the few; the lost and not the found; for Jesus and for us.

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