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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Saturday, July 16, 2016
Today’s scripture reading:
We are to go—whether it is next door or to another country—and make disciples. It is not an option but a command to all who call Jesus “Lord.” We are not all evangelists in the formal sense, but we have all received gifts that we can use to help fulfill the great commission. As we obey, we have comfort in the knowledge that Jesus is always with us. (NLT)
Matthew 28:16-20 – Then the eleven disciples left for Galilee, going to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him—but some of them still doubted!
Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given complete authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Leila Vaughn’s (Jamaica) story is titled “MOBILE CHRISTIANITY;” here is a portion of Leila’s story:
“In Jamaica, there are more phones per capita than in most parts of the world, despite our struggling economy. . . .
“One Sunday, a lay preacher in our church used the analogy of the landline phone versus the mobile phone. He suggested that many of us are landline Christians; we only live our faith fully within the vicinity of our homes. The mobile phone goes everywhere with us. . . . And that is what Jesus expects us to do as Christians – to be mobile and share our faith with everyone, everywhere.
“Jesus traveled widely, teaching and encouraging those he met to love one another. If he had remained in one location, the gospel may not have spread to those in need. Let us all strive to be mobile Christians and spread the word in every place we go.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Am I a landline Christian or a mobile Christian?
Prayer: Dear God, help us to share our love with everyone we meet, wherever we go. Amen.
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/
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