Our desire is to equip you in your discipleship to Jesus. Each week we will have a new practice to help you grow as you walk in the new life you are freely given through Jesus.
Weekly practice for the week of September 7, 2020:
This week we are reflecting on John 21 and how Jesus directs our lives.
Read John 21.
Being a disciple of Jesus is simply listening to what he is calling you to each day and then faithfully trusting him by doing what he called you to do.
In verses 4-6 Jesus instructs the disciples to cast their nets. The result is a large haul of fish. In verses 15-19 Jesus instructs Peter to “feed his sheep” three times. Jesus is reinstating Peter back to ministry after Peter had denied him three times. And in verses 20-22 Jesus warns Peter to not worry about what he has asked the other disciples to do. Rather, Peter is to focus on what Jesus has asked him to do.
Jesus is always speaking to us through the Scriptures and the prompting if the Holy Spirit. The problem is that we are often too busy to hear what he is calling us to do.
Read Psalm 127: 1-2.
This week pick three days to carve out 5-10 minutes where you will not be distracted. Leave your phone in another room, shut the computer and simply ask Jesus:
- Lord, what do you have planned for me today?
Then trust that the Holy Spirit is active in your mind and imagination, and listen. You may not hear anything at first. This takes practice. That is why you are encouraged to do it at least three times this week.
If you sense the Spirit is directing you to do something, simply do it. Maybe he is calling you to send an encouraging text to a friend, or maybe he is asking you to forgive a co-worker or family member. Whatever it is, have faith that following Jesus is better than ignoring him.
If you are not sure if what you sense is from God, run it by a trusted Jesus-following friend, and test it against Scripture. If it isn’t immoral or contradicting Scripture and your friend is in agreement, then trust that God is asking you to trust him.