Daily Archives: April 7, 2019
Lent is the 40-day period before Easter, and it is “a time for reflection, repentance, and renewal when Christians are invited to prepare themselves for the celebration of the Lord’s resurrection.” This Lent, we are doing a 40-day study from the American Bible Society to focus our time in God’s Word and prayer on His renewing power (click HERE for the reading plan). Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!
|Lord God, by your Word fill me with a spirit of discipleship and commitment…
Jesus Calls His First Disciples
One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God. 2 He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. 3 He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat.
4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.”
5 Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”
6 When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. 7 So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.
8 When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” 9 For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, 10 and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners.
Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.” 11 So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.
Fill | Marianne Toovey
After deciding to trust this random guy, probably because they overheard him preaching and liked what he had to say, Peter, James, and John got to witness a miracle unfold right before their very eyes. That alone was enough for them to drop everything – their jobs, and their families even – and follow him. No questions asked. Knowing the rest of the story, we see these three grow closer and closer to Jesus and ultimately pick up his ministry once he left earth. Their commitment never wavered.
I’m reminded of my first date with my now husband. I was already ready for marriage before that date was even over! We didn’t actually move quite that fast, but when the time did come for me to leave my family and join my life to his, there was no second guessing. I was eager! There was no looking back! To this day, I can’t ever imagine giving up on this life we share. He is my one and only, now and forever. This must be why we use the term “bride of Christ” because that level of commitment to Jesus is similar to our commitment to our spouses. No relationship is without its hard work, but when you’re committed and truly love the other person, it’s so worth it. And just as my husband expects me to remain faithful to him, I must remain faithful to Jesus. He wants all of my heart, not just the spare parts unoccupied by other things.
Lord God, by Your Word fill me with a spirit of discipleship and commitment. I want to be fully committed to You and You alone. Reveal to me where I’m still reserving pieces of my heart for something else. And show me how I can evict them and replace them with You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
The Discover One Thing main website follows a reading plan that goes through the entire Bible in one year. Click HERE to check out today’s Discover One Thing post.