Five reasons to go to Discovery Group

Vivid winter festival in SydneyThis post comes from Ian Carmichael who lives in Sydney, Australia.

We’re a few months into the year now. The weather is starting to cool as autumn transitions to winter. Work pressures are mounting, and the gradient on the ‘life fatigue’ graph is increasing. So how is your Bible study group going?

I know the train of thought—I have it too. It’s been a busy day at work, and it’s just beginning to wind down. My mind turns to the commute home and the evening ahead. Oh, that’s right: tonight is Bible study night. I was already feeling physically and mentally tired, and now I realise I’ve got to get home, do a quick turn around on dinner, then up and out in the cold to head to my home group. Or … I could stay home, get those nagging chores done, quickly watch the next episode of that Netflix series I’ve been enjoying, and get to bed at a time more in keeping with the level of fatigue I’m feeling. I’m sure my group and the leaders will understand. They always do.

Here are five quick reasons to intentionally derail that train of thought and go to growth group.

Because it’s grace, not law

Of course going to growth group is not about earning God’s approval. Being a Christian isn’t about rule-keeping: “thou shalt go to Bible study every week (or fortnight)”. And that’s why I should go—because studying God’s word is a joyous reminder of God’s amazing grace to me.

Because showing up is a powerful ministry

When I show up at discovery group, my action testifies to two things: that God and what He has to say is important to me, and that the people in my group are important to me. The fact that I gave up my comfortable (self-focused) night and made the effort to come to meet with God and you should be an incredibly encouraging thing for you, as indeed you coming to meet with God and me should be encouraging to me. When you think about it, before we even open our mouths in the group, we have encouraged each other deeply just by being there.

Because someone is giving you a gift

Have you ever given someone an expensive gift, only for them not to seem to value it at all—perhaps even leave it behind? That’s what it’s like for a Bible study leader who has invested considerable time preparing a study to help me understand the riches of God’s word, only for me not to show up at the last minute. That leader is giving me a gift; I should try to be an appreciative recipient.

Because habits matter

We all know the verse in Hebrews 10 about “not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some” (v. 25). I wonder if we tend to read that verse as being all about Sunday church? But I’m sure it’s not limited to that; it’s about meeting together to encourage each other and stir one another up to love and good works. We are doing that in our home groups, not just in our Sunday church. So don’t neglect it. Don’t make it a habit to not go; make it a habit to go.

Because it always feels better just after growth group than just before

I don’t know where they come from—although there seems to be a bit of a sulfurous smell attached to them—but the negative feelings I have just before Bible study don’t prove right. I am almost always glad I went. Don’t trust your pre-Bible study feelings.

Perhaps you can think of other or better reasons for going to growth group than my five. Whatever they are, preach them to yourself every week.

Acknowledgement

This post was written by Ian Carmichael of Matthias Media in Sydney, Australia.

Posted, May 2022

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No one knows what tomorrow will bring

No one knows what tomorrow will bringHave you ever had to walk in the dark? I mean when it’s can’t-see-your-hand-in-front-of-your-face dark? For those of us not used to it, walking in the dark can be slow and scary. We may have an idea of a destination but we can’t always be sure we’re going in the right direction. We desperately search for something familiar or a sliver of light to guide us.

Does your life feel like a walk in the dark right now? Not sure what’s going to happen next? Not sure where you’re going? The truth is the path that lies before each one of us is shrouded in darkness. No one knows with complete certainty what tomorrow will bring. Some, usually those with less life experience, may think they know but it is a delusion. While we have choices and influence we do not have control over our future. That may trigger fear in you, but those of us who trust Jesus have a special secret about walking in the dark.

Psalm 119 verse 105 says “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light on my path.”

God’s word provides the light we need to take the next step into the darkness. Knowing God through the Bible, knowing Jesus who called Himself “the light of the world,” (John 8:12) means knowing someone who can safely guide us through the unknown places. Have you accepted the light giving guidance of Jesus as you walk through this dark world? By trusting Him with your journey you give up the delusion (and the burden) of control. By trusting God’s word to guide your next steps you admit God knows the terrain better than you. By trusting Jesus as you walk through the darkness you may not know what’s coming but you know who’s coming with you – the all powerful God who loves you.

And beyond the unlit path, through the darkness, in the blurry distance there is a bright and beautiful city. A destination of light, an eternal home without uncertainty and unknowns, without tears and pain. You can trust Jesus as the one and only guide through the darkness to get you there.

Prayer: Dear God, there’s so much to fear, so much out of my control, so much I don’t know. I hand all these worries over to you now as I trust you to guide me through life and finally into the heavenly city. Please help me to trust you and your word to guide me each step along the way. In Jesus name, Amen.

Acknowledgement: This article was sourced from Outreach Media, Sydney, Australia.
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Love hurts

Love opens us up to grief and painDo you agree love hurts? Should it hurt? Is something wrong if it hurts? If we understand love as an unrelenting concern for another’s well-being, love does open us up to grief and pain in this broken world. When we love, we feel our loved ones suffering with them. When we love we are vulnerable to being hurt by our loved one’s words and actions. When we love we hurt.

The Bible says, “God is love” (1 John 4:8). Love is central to the character and nature of God. And God suffers in His love for us. Just a few sentences after saying, “God is love” the Bible says:

This is real love—not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins (1 John 4:10).

Even though we haven’t always loved God, He has always loved us. Jesus, God the Son, went to the cross willingly suffering for our good. He bore the pain and shame to pay for our sins and bring us reconciliation with God. Loving us has hurt God yet He persists in His love.

Do you know God’s love – God’s unrelenting, self-sacrificing, unrequited, painful love for you? To know you are loved like this, despite your failings and weaknesses, changes everything. To know you are loved like this by the God of the universe gives you confidence and strength and purpose in this world like nothing else. Admit to God your lack of love for Him, accept the reconciliation with God Jesus’ sacrificial love offers you, and know this love today.

Prayer: Dear God, I want to know your love. I admit I haven’t loved you like you have loved me. I’m sorry. I trust Jesus’ painful sacrifice shows your deep love for me and means I can be forgiven. I receive your love in Jesus name. Amen.

Acknowledgement: This article was sourced from Outreach Media, Sydney, Australia.
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The Lord’s Supper – until Jesus returns

Declare the Lord's death until He comes backThe best description of the Lord’s Supper is in 1 Corinthians 11. It gives two reasons for celebrating the Lord’s Supper. The first reason was to remember what Jesus has done for us – it was to be done “in remembrance of me”, as Jesus said. The second reason is to “proclaim the Lord’s death”. As we partake of the bread and wine, we are declaring the importance of the Lord’s death. That Christ’s death on our behalf provides forgiveness of our sin.

Next there is a limit to the time of this remembrance and proclamation.

For how long?

The early Christians were commanded to “proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes” (v.26). It is to be celebrated until Jesus comes again or returns. As Jesus hasn’t returned to earth yet, it is clear that the instruction to keep the Lord’s Supper wasn’t just for the early church but for us as well.

At the last Passover Jesus looked ahead to the kingdom of God (Lk. 22:18). He said that He would not partake in a Passover again until His millennial reign (Lk. 22:15-18). The victory that began with the first Passover in Egypt and was remembered whenever the Jewish Passover festival was celebrated will be ultimately finalized when Christ’s millennial kingdom is established on earth. The rescue mission that began with the Passover, which was a foretaste of Christ’s death, will be completed and evident to the universe at the second advent of Christ and in His subsequent kingdom. Likewise, Christians can also look ahead, Paul said, “For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes” (1 Cor. 11:26). So, we look forward to the rapture when there will be no need for the Lord’s Supper because all Christians will be with the Lord. And Christ’s victory over Satan will not be complete until Satan’s forces are defeated at the triumphant second advent (Rev. 19:11-21).

“Until Jesus returns” is also a promise that one day Christ will return. Unlike Burke and Wills, Jesus will return. The Lord’s Supper started at the beginning of the time of salvation and ends at the end of the time of salvation. Which coming does it refer to? The rapture for believers or the appearing for judgment of unbelievers? Obviously for believers in the church age it means the rapture, because they don’t live on earth after this time. For them the Lord’s Supper will culminate in the wedding supper of the Lamb (Rev. 19:7-9).

But for believers in the tribulation Christ’s return means the appearing when there is judgment and the millennial kingdom is established.

We live in the great “until” – between the first and second comings of Christ. Until the Lord returns, we look forward to being released from the struggle against sin, and long to be in His presence.

We are to proclaim the Lord’s death in this way “until He comes” again. We don’t do it for ever, but only until He returns. It will not be necessary when we are face to face with the Lord. Then we don‘t need the emblems to remind us of Him, for all shall see Him as He is.

So the Christ who died and rose again, will come again. The risen Christ is returning.
We eat the bread and drink the cup in confident expectation of the Lord’s return.

Prayer

Father, we thank you for sending Jesus as a man and a Savior so He could die for the sins of the world. Today we share the emblems together in remembrance of His death and resurrection. Declaring that it provides forgiveness of our sin. We take the emblems in confident expectation of the Lord’s return. So, we offer thanks and praise for all that you have done through Jesus as we share the bread and cup together.

G Hawke

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Meet your maker

Meet your maker before you meet your makerThough we don’t live like it, death is a sure thing. I often take walks amongst the beautiful gardens and graves of the cemetery I live near. Thousands and thousands of headstones and memorial plaques lay quietly in various stages of abandon. Each represents another human who was once living and breathing like me. Right now death seems like something that happens to other people, but one day the sum of our lives will also be etched on a headstone for others to pass by. And then?

The Bible says that death is not the end. After death we will meet our maker. The one who made the heavens and the earth. The one who formed us in our mother’s womb. The one who gave us breath and life. The one who knows us better than we know ourselves. And the one to whom we will have to give account for our life.

The amazing thing is we don’t have to wait until we’re dead to meet our maker. Nor do we have to guess what He wants us to do with this life He’s given us. You can meet your maker today because your maker has come to meet you. The Bible’s great message is that Jesus is God come to earth to meet us.

No one has ever seen God. But the unique One [Jesus], who is Himself God, is near to the Father’s heart. He has revealed God to us” John 1:18

As we see the words and actions of Jesus in the pages of the Bible we see God. And what do we see? We see our maker, indeed the maker of the entire universe, giving up His own life so that when we do meet Him after death we will be forgiven and welcomed.

Don’t spend another minute of your life without knowing the one who gave it to you. Meet your mighty, wise, loving maker today.

Prayer: Dear God, I want to know you. Open my eyes and heart to meet you in Jesus.

Acknowledgement: This article was sourced from Outreach Media, Sydney, Australia.
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Ten minutes after church

Let's devote ten minutes after the service for conversing with others in the faith familyThis post comes from Andy Huette who lives in the USA.

What do you usually do immediately after your Sunday morning church service ends? If you’re like most of church-going humanity, you probably have a routine. Upon the final “Amen”, you arise from your regular spot and your body follows a subconscious script. You may go to the nursery to pick up a child, maybe you have your weekly chat about the high school sports team with the person seated in the row behind you, or perhaps you hightail it toward the coffee to snag a to-go cup on your way out the door.

There’s nothing wrong with being a creature of habit, but many of us have the same routine at the end of a church service as we do at the conclusion of a sporting event or any other public gathering. We gather our belongings, utter some niceties, and shuffle toward the exits. That’s a problem. More specifically, it’s a bad habit.

Since the church body is a family of brothers and sisters in Christ, the end of the formal part of a service is not the end of church but rather the beginning of a new segment of the family gathering. When the structured gathering ends, an indispensable aspect of Christian vitality and growth—fellowship—continues.

Don’t get the wrong idea. You don’t have to be an extrovert who seeks people out like a goldendoodle puppy to faithfully participate in the fellowship of the church. You just have to be intentional.

If you’re one of the many believers with a bad habit of neglecting the broader fellowship of the church after the service, here’s one simple suggestion: set apart ten minutes after the gathering concludes and devote that time to getting to know others in the church family. This is a ten-minute commitment to invest in your eternal faith family and show hospitality to those not yet in the family.

To help set these ten minutes apart, it may help to consider what not to do, in order to be free and available for fellowship with the body of Christ.

Don’t talk to your besties

There’s nothing wrong with having close friends in the church (in fact, there’s much right about that), but the weekly gathering is the one time each week when all the people you don’t naturally bump into are gathered in one place. Don’t miss that opportunity to experience the fullness of the body of Christ by getting to know those who are unlike you or from different life stages and interests. Not only will you benefit from a more diverse fellowship, but over time the supernatural unity of the Spirit will be gloriously on display as members of a church family have genuine care and concern for those outside their immediate circles. Let your closest friends know that right after the service (and, ideally, before the service as well), your aim is to engage the larger fellowship of the church family. Maybe this will encourage them to do the same!

Don’t talk to blood

Similarly, in those first ten minutes after the service, skip the chit-chat with your family. This is not to denigrate your family. If you get to regularly attend church with your extended family, that is a gift from God to be cherished. But very often, one’s family becomes the relationally safe enclave that undermines more intentional branching out into the broader church family. If your habit is currently to huddle up with your family to chat after church, it’s time to replace that habit with a better one. You’ll talk to your family later, so in those first moments after the official time is done, reorient your family outward toward the broader fellowship of the church family.

Don’t talk shop

While circumstances will arise that need the attention of a church member or ministry leader, the goal in the minutes prior to and following the service is to be freed up for fellowship. It’s common for those involved in the formal functions on a Sunday (music ministry, kids ministry, elders, deacons, etc.) to ‘talk shop’ with others who are also involved in leading and serving. But again, this is the one time each week that the building is filled with the faith family! The shop talk can wait or be accomplished with an email. You might even need to politely tell a fellow ministry leader, “Let’s discuss this later. I want to go meet those people before they leave”. In doing so, you’re not only prioritizing what matters, you’re setting the tone for a culture in which all the ministry leaders are flock-oriented.

Habits are what we do without noticing. Most people are not actively trying to have shallow relationships with the church family. But without realising it, many people are missing the gift of rich church fellowship due to unexamined Sunday habits. I encourage you to devote ten minutes after the service for conversing with others in the faith family—and soon you’ll likely find that ten minutes is not nearly enough.

This post was written by Andy Huette from Illinois, in the USA.

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The Lord’s Supper – a visible sermon

Toasts are generally offered at times of celebration, like wedding receptions or New Year's EveA toast involves raising a glass and drinking in honour of or to the health (or goodwill) of a person or thing. It shows your appreciation of them or wishes them success. Toasts are generally offered at times of celebration, like wedding receptions or New Year’s Eve. A toast is a custom or habit that is part of our culture.

The Bible tells us that the Lord’s Supper is how we are to remember the death of Jesus Christ. The bread and wine symbolize the death of Christ.

After Paul described the Lord’s Supper, he said, “For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes” (1 Cor. 11:26). The word “for” introduces a reason for doing something. So, this is a second reason for repeating the Lord’s Supper on a regular basis. The first reason was to remember what Jesus has done for us – it was to be done “in remembrance of me”, as Jesus said.

The second reason to celebrate the Lord’s Supper is to “proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes”. This was a new revelation given to Paul, as it is not mentioned in the gospels. And as the Lord hasn’t returned to earth yet, we continue to proclaim His death in this way.

Proclaim

To “proclaim” means to advertise, announce, broadcast, declare, herald, preach, promulgate, promote, publicise, or show. Paul used the same Greek word in 1 Corinthians 9:14 to describe those who “preach the gospel”. We might think that the preaching at Revive is in the sermon. Well, Paul is saying that there is also preaching in the Lord’s Supper.

As the context is believers in the church, the proclamation (or preaching) is to fellow Christians. The person who does the announcing is the believer who partakes of the Lord’s Supper (or Communion). The Lord’s Supper is a proclamation that Christ’s death on our behalf provides forgiveness of our sin. It’s a visual sermon. A visual message. A drama with a lifegiving message.

A toast might proclaim, “for He’s a jolly good fellow”. But believers can proclaim, “He’s risen!”. And so say all of us.

The Lord’s Supper is a custom or habit that is part of our culture at North Ryde Christian Church. As we partake of the bread and wine, we are proclaiming the importance of the Lord’s death.

Prayer

Father, we thank you for sending Jesus as a man and a Saviour so He could die for the sins of the world. He went through physical death so we could gain spiritual life. The Lord’s Supper is a proclamation that Christ’s death on our behalf provides forgiveness of our sin. So, we offer thanks and praise for all that you have done through Jesus. Amen.

G Hawke

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Why be a small group member?

If you can grasp why God wants to you go to small group, then how is not so difficultThis post comes from Tony Payne who lives in Sydney, Australia.

Why belong to a small group at church?

Three common answers spring to mind.

Because that’s what committed Christians do. Christians go to small groups like tradies go to the pub. It’s what we’ve always done—except that for most of the last two millennia of Christian history, we haven’t. Small groups (as we know them) weren’t really a thing before about 50 years ago.

Because that’s the expectation set by your church. In many churches, to be a true-blue member you’re supposed to come regularly on Sunday, give money and go to a small group. This is actually not a bad rule of thumb by which to recognize committed church involvement, but is it really an adequate reason for going to small groups? Because I kind of have to in order to belong to the club?

Because it’s a great way to get to know people and feel part of the church community. This feels better, and at least has a bit of relational zip to it. It is indeed hard in a church of even moderate size to really get to know people over a quick cuppa on Sunday morning. Small groups usually help with that.

Even so, I’m not sure any of these reasons are going to motivate us consistently to drag ourselves out the door at 7:30pm at the end of a long day to engage in chit-chat with a bunch of other tired people. Not to mention the fact we still haven’t said anything related to … you know, God.

God’s reason for small groups

Does God have a why for us to join a small group?

He does as it turns out.

The reason God gathers us together in Christian communities is not just so we get to know people or feel the warmth of being part of a group of like-minded people—it’s for a specific purpose.

Of the many places we find this purpose in the Bible, one of the clearest is in Colossians 3. This extraordinary chapter starts by summarizing the foundation and essence of the Christian life: “For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory” (v. 3-4ESV).

Our new life is summed up in one word: ‘Christ’. We’re united with Him in His death and resurrection. His life is our life.

The rest of the chapter is about living in light of that stunning truth—that is, killing off every vestige of our old fleshly life (anger, lies, malice, that sort of thing) and clothing ourselves instead in the new Christ-like life that we’ve been given, “which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator” (v. 10).

The punchline is in verse 17. Since our life = Christ, then everything we do—every word and every deed—should be done in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

What does this have to do with why God gathers us into Christian communities, including the little communities we call small groups?

Everything, and it is spelled out in verses 12-16. This new life in Christ is essentially and unavoidably a team life. It’s something we do together as God’s chosen and beloved people:

“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”

Three things stand out in this paragraph:

  1. Our team life is complicated by the ongoing sinful vestiges of our old selves. There’s a constant need for humility and kindness and forbearance. We all have growing to do.
  2. The over-arching characteristic of our community life is love—which isn’t so surprising, given that it is a life lived in the name of Christ, who loved us and gave Himself for us.
  3. Our task—in love, and with much patience and kindness—is to increase the rich presence of the word of Christ amongst each other by speaking it to each other. The word of Christ is what grows and changes us to be like Christ. The more it permeates our lives, the more each word and deed of our lives will be done in his name.

The reason God calls us together in community is so that the Word of Christ can dwell richly in our midst and grow us to be like Him.

This happens as we love each other by patiently, kindly and humbly speaking that word to each other in any way we can.

The passage mentions a number of ways we can do this—it speaks of teaching and admonishing and singing and giving thanks. We could easily flesh that list out with other speaking verbs like reminding, encouraging, exhorting, discussing, chewing over, and asking-the-kind-of-dumb-but-obvious-question-that-helps-everyone.

Whatever mode of speech is involved, the content is ‘the Word of Christ’ and the purpose is to help one another grow to be like Christ.

Now there’s a why to get us out the door on small group nights.

Small groups aren’t about helping me feel part of things, or helping me to connect with people, or even expressing my commitment to church. In fact, they are not really about me at all. The reason to go to a small group is that God has called me to love you and be an agent of your growth in Christ. I go because you need me to speak the Word of Christ to you and because I need to hear it from you.

The reason to go to a small group is that God has called me to love you and be an agent of your growth in ChristHow to be a small group member

The how of belonging to a small group flows straight out of this why, and is not very hard to figure out. It would include things like this:

  • We should turn up every time, unless there is some important other reason—because is there really anything more important in your life than the job God has given us to do with each other in a small group?
  • We should come ready to speak in love. Read and prepare the passage in advance if that helps, and take the initiative to speak in any way you can to help others understand and apply this part of God’s word. Ask questions. Answer questions. Grapple hard with the text in front of you. Share what you see. Look out for people who were just about to speak but got cut off, and invite them to contribute. Open up about your own struggles to put the word into practice. There are lots of opportunities to allow the ‘word to dwell richly’ in your group—and that’s your task.

What not to do as a small group member

This why also generates a copious list of don’ts that I find very easy to compile (by thinking back over my own thoughtless, self-oriented behaviour in small groups over the years). Don’t sit on your hands during the discussion. Don’t try to save face or protect yourself. Don’t leave it to everyone else. Don’t jump on your hobby horses when they pass by. Don’t stick tenaciously to your point in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary. Don’t try to make yourself look good. Don’t give the lazy pat answer that you could have given without even looking at the text. Don’t take the group off to some other interesting passage that you like, unless it is vital for understanding the passage you’re actually reading. Don’t be afraid to open up and be honest about your struggles.

I’ll leave you to figure out your own specific list, because the reasons will be different for every different person in every different group and circumstance. But if you can grasp why God wants to you go to small group, then how is not so difficult.

Lessons for us

The reason to go to a small group is that God has called me to love you and be an agent of your growth in Christ.

This not difficult to understand. Doing it consistently and lovingly? Well that’s the challenge that the word of Christ brings us as we start a new year of small group life together.

Acknowledgement

This post was written by Tony Payne of Sydney, Australia.

Posted, March 2022

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The command to keep the Lord’s Supper

Do this in remembrance of meThe best explanation of the Lord’s Supper is given in 1 Corinthians 11:17-34. It begins, “For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night He was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, ‘This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me’. In the same way, after supper He took the cup, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me’” (1 Cor. 11:23-25NIV). Continue reading

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Jesus is even better than Bluey’s dad

Jesus is even better than Bluey's dad“You’re as good as Bluey’s dad”. It is the highest compliment our young children can give my husband. I’ve given a similar compliment to one of our humorous friends and father of four. Bandit, more commonly known as Bluey’s Dad, is an animated Australian cattle dog daddy who has captured the hearts of children and parents the world over with his dry wit, playfulness and love for his two doggy daughters. The show has won an Emmy and Bandit has been declared a dad-idol by celebrities and dedicated fan groups.

So what’s so good about Bandit? A big part of his appeal is his sense of fun and humour. But entwined with that is the enjoyment he shows in caring for and spending time with his daughters. Bandit delights in his children even if sometimes they have to drag him out of bed or away from his phone. Don’t we all want that? Someone who delights to be with us, spend time with us and care for us? That’s how Jesus is even better than Bluey’s dad.

Jesus isn’t known for His sense of humour or playfulness (though I suspect He has more of that than we understand) but boy does He like being with us. Jesus didn’t just get out of bed on time He left the perfect majesty of His heavenly home to be with us.

“For I [Jesus] have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of Him [God] who sent me. And this is the will of Him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all those He has given me, but raise them up at the last day. For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son [Jesus] and believes in Him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day” (John 6:38-40).

Jesus came to earth as a human, not for His own fun or adventure but to be with us, He died on the cross to be with us, He took the punishment for our sins to be with us and so all who believe in Him can be with God forever. The delight we enjoy watching between Bandit and his doggy daughters is just a glimpse of the mutual delight we can enjoy with
God forever and ever because of Jesus. That’s why Jesus is even better than Bluey’s dad

Prayer: Dear Jesus, You are so much better than Bluey’s dad! Help me to understand the
sacrifice you made so you can be with me and I can be with you forever. Help me to look forward to our delighting in each other for eternity.

Acknowledgement: This article was sourced from Outreach Media, Sydney, Australia.
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