Pastor Joynt's Devotionals

Faithful, Faith Dreams, Day 31

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LUKE 9:1-6, 10 | Then Jesus called the twelve together and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal. He said to them, “Take nothing for your journey, no staff, nor bag, nor bread, nor money—not even an extra tunic. Whatever house you enter, stay there, and leave from there. Wherever they do not welcome you, as you are leaving that town shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.” They departed and went through the villages, bringing the good news and curing diseases everywhere. On their return the apostles told Jesus all they had done. He took them with him and withdrew privately to a city called Bethsaida.

LUKE 10:1-2 | After this the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go. He said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.

Jesus’ approach to mission and commission also encourages the faithful dream capacity of his disciples. In Luke 9, Jesus gives his disciples “power and authority” and sends them out to heal and program the Kingdom of God. He had previously begun to call them only in Chapter 5!

It seems too early—they are not ready intellectually or personally— but they are still sent. Why? Jesus knows our tendency to find faults in ourselves and problems in our possibilities. There are always a thousand reasons not to try something.

Why not wait for a better time, a more propitious moment? Why not wait for circumstances to favor our next adventure? Given the choice, many of us will wait and wait and wait. No—Jesus moves his friends forward so they dream without becoming day-dreamers!

During what period of your life did you do the most dreaming? As a child? Prior to college? Before marriage? As a parent?

When did you move the most toward your dreams?

 

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Fatihful, Faith Dreams, Day 30

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MATTHEW 13:31-32 | He put before them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.”

Mustard seed faith operates in a Kingdom like a mustard seed! There is a vision expanding encouragement in this image of faith, in fact a tiny gospel in it. Our faith need not be perfect or enormous or ironclad to access God’s power and invoke his Kingdom. Small, incomplete, imperfect faith can work miracles, because God in his grace has chosen to save sinners and employ them for great purposes!

It is the Kingdom of God that has the inner dynamism to begin as a tiny seed with small initiatives and small people in small places and then to become a huge tree, a mighty sequoia.

Are you a big dreamer?

What dreams do you have for VPC?

 

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