Autumn

What beauty,
these late colors upon the tree

How the leaves blaze

Surely this is their splendor
The most vibrant and full of life

How the colors pop off the canvas of the sky
It brings gladness to me
For God has given us a sign

Yet what’s this I see
The leaves dropping here and there
Is not this the pinnacle of their grandeur?

Oh the height of their beauty is the beginning of their end
For only a short time God waits for their purpose is for Him

Lord let my last breath and final purpose be as the leaves are to this tree
To return to you my best showing
And then quickly return to thee

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I Will Let Down the Nets

We have clues that the fish are here. They should be here, it’s fertile water with plenty. The waves are calm and there have been fish before at these depths at this time of year.

Throw out the nets and be prepared for the catch. What reason would there be for anything other than success.

Let the nets settle in and posture yourself for the pull, it’s going to be a heavy and laborious haul. Pull! Catch them all, don’t let any swim free, close up the net!

But nothing is there. The net has no tug except from its own weight and drag. The net itself is the only burden, dragging up through the water. The fish were not there.

Surely we simply missed and we’ll just slightly move and try again. And again we try and try again. Until we’ve worked all night and caught nothing but despair.

Whose voice is telling you to cast your nets? And will you obey? For when Jesus is the captain the fish will swim your way.

Simon answered and said, “Master, we worked hard all night and caught nothing, but I will do as You say and let down the nets.” When they had done this, they enclosed a great quantity of fish, and their nets began to break; so they signaled to their partners in the other boat for them to come and help them. And they came and filled both of the boats, so that they began to sink.
Luke 5:5‭-‬7 NASB

The Middle Mile

It starts to hurt. Push through. You can do this.

Run your race, push your pace. Don’t let the crowd distract you from the goal.

The middle mile will make or break you. It doesn’t matter if it’s 5k or a marathon, the middle part is where the goal is achieved.

At the start the adrenaline propels you, at the end the finish line drags you in. But in the trudging of the middle miles you prove yourself.

So is life and this race we run on the route to the glorious end set before us.

Lord, please give us strength to endure to the end with that finish line in site, and it’s you we see waiting on the other side.

Are you a disciple maker?

Are you a disciple maker? If not, why?

If you are a believer and follower of Jesus you are a disciple and you have been commissioned to make other disciples.

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Matthew 28:19‭-‬20 NASB

Excuses abound for all of us at one point or another in our life. But the evidence of what you put first in your priority list is your appointment book and spending report. Where you spend your time and disposable income shows your life priorities.

It takes a few moments of honest review to figure this out, but the truth is we all have the time to make disciples.

What does it mean to make disciples? Well, it means that you are taking time to mentor, teach, and show others how to observe all that Jesus commanded. And yes, you do have time.

We can incorporate discipleship into our work, exercise and family time. It only requires that we are intentional about the effort.

When Jesus was twelve years old, He already knew that He had to be focusing on the purpose that His father had for Him. He was sitting in the temple discussing and listening to the Old Testament Word of God with the scribes and priests. He was disciplining and being discipled.

How do we find time to fit discipleship into our lives? Here are some examples from my experience:

  • Incorporate prayer and Biblical discussion into your group workout time
  • Volunteer to teach a small group Bible study
  • Have coffee or lunch with an aquantence and sprinkle in your faith

What are we putting our funds in? And I know disposable income is in short supply. But should we spend it on that third specialized mountain bike or deer rifle, or maybe on a plane ticket and hotel stay for a missions trip? Not judging here, just being respectfully real.

And, disciple making isn’t just for pastors. Seriously, its probably harder for them to do because non-believers shy away from lunch meetings with preachers.

We don’t need a seminary degree to share the Gospel or to teach what Christ expects of us. I actually despise the term lay person, because it gives people an excuse to be derelict in their Christian duties.

Are you fulfilling the commission given by your King Jesus?

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