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The Nations

MLI_GlobeJesus came for people from every tribe, nation and peoples. Some of His last words to the Disciples reflect this heart and provided clear focus for their actions.

Jesus said, “… that repentance for the forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.” (Luke 24:47)

Take a moment to ask Abba how He wants you to focus some of your actions toward peoples of the nations.

Maranatha,
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The Lord Ponders Our Heart

A guest post in honor of Mike Harrison, who was promoted into the presence of Jesus on September 10. Mike served as one of the founding team members of MentorLink Philippines and has mentored many Filipino leaders in the Toronto area. He was a regular devotional contributor to MentorLink’s weekly Prayer Update. We will miss his godly wisdom and articulate writing and insight. Please be in prayer for his wife and family.

The Lord Ponders Our Heart

heart reflection handleWe are much concerned with our outward appearance and demeanor before others. What will they think of me if I wear this outfit or perform in that way! The Lord, however, goes to the center of our being, our heart, and “ponders” or “weighs” the heart (Proverbs 21:2, 24:12), and searches (Jeremiah 17:10) the heart in order to “know” (Luke 16:15) the true self and motives behind what we do and say!

To ponder (consider) or weigh (evaluate) the heart indicates that the Lord is most concerned about that which is on the inside and not necessarily concerned with the outside! We remember the call and anointing of David, the youngest son of Jesse, as king of Israel. When asked by the prophet Samuel if Jesse had any more sons, Jesse said, just one watching the sheep! Samuel then made that significant statement, “For the Lord sees not as man sees; man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7).

Furthermore, the Lord searches (examines) our hearts: “I the Lord search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds” (Jeremiah 17:10). Thus the Lord “knows” the heart of man (Luke 16:15) and is most capable of judging our actions, deeds, and motives.

What does our Lord observe and see when He “considers” our heart and why we do what we do? What will He find in your heart today? Is it honorable, respectable, or deceitful as we learned previously from Jeremiah?

Myron “Mike” Harrison
Toronto, Canada

Jesus’ Call

Some of Jesus’ last words to His followers were in the form of a command. He said, “As you go, make disciples, of the peoples, teaching them to obey all I have commanded you…” (Matt. 28:19-20). He said this in the context of His position as Lord, “All authority has been given me in heaven and on earth” (Matt 28:16). So when the King, the Lord, and the One to whom every knee on earth will bow says something, it is priority. These are not optional words, nor are they to be treated as simple wishes for his undershepherds. These are words of action and words by which we will be held accountable when we stand before the Lord of Lords and King of Kings.

To put it another way, making disciples is a big deal to Jesus. He did not say, give them content or make them feel good, but rather teach them to obey all I’ve commanded. The discipling process is not left to our invention, either. Rather, He shows us how to do it in principle. He was with them, patiently interacting with them in their struggle to believe and apply the truths He taught. He did not say, make them attend a church. A church attendee is not necessarily a disciple.

He said, “Make disciples.”  A disciple is one who obeys Jesus and follows Him. Disciples of Jesus are those who delve into the Word and obey what He says. Their heart, values, motives and character come more aligned with Jesus and His kingdom ways as they grow in Christ.

Many of us think we are doing right things in our ministries because we compare ourselves and our ministries with those around us. However, the question is “What does Jesus want?” There is a different calling for each of us. Our part in making disciples will look different from person to person and culture to culture. If He is Lord, and He is, then what He wands and how He measures ministry is what counts. The Lord HImself will evaluate us with how we did in making disciples.

– Excerpt taking for Stacy’s book, Lead in Light of Eternity: The Jesus Model.
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The Power of Selection

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Think of the big heads each of the Twelve must have had when they were
personally chosen by name out of hundreds of disciples. No wonder they kept
arguing among themselves which of them was the greatest. Jesus had chosen
them! This was a mark of honor and privilege. They saw things no one else
did. They were insiders with the best known prophet, teacher and healer of
their day.

Before He chose them they were part of the crowds seeking to hear, see and
get closer to Jesus. He must have seen something in each one of them that
He knew to be real. He saw their potential and their willingness to
sacrifice if only a little. I marvel that Jesus picked Matthew. Tax
collectors of the day had a skill to quickly assess a person’s ability to
be taxed. They thought in financial terms. Matthew records many of Jesus’
references to money. Many tax collectors were also adept at a form of
shorthand. Matthew’s Gospel has lengthy transcripts of Jesus teachings all
because of his ability to record Jesus’ words. Jesus saw this talent and
knew it would be put to good use.

Jesus knows the heart of man. He knows that those who are chosen are more
motivated to excel at what they are chosen for. This is a drive that played
into the principles He used to build leaders.

Stacy