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April 25, 2008

A prayer to receive an adventure from God

by Dave Malnes

Only eleven disciples remained. Fearful, doubtful, perhaps still in awe over witnessing the resurrected Christ standing before them. Yet, with perhaps a knowing glint in his eyes, Jesus is going to challenge them far beyond their capabilities. He is going bring them on an amazing adventure.

Will this be a task too great? Absolutely! But not when God goes with you.

In the Gospel of Mark, Jesus says to his disciples, “Go into the world and preach the good news to all creation.” Jesus is commissioning them to carry out the adventure of spreading the news that He is the Christ to an unbelieving world. It is the same commission He gives to Christians.

A task too great?  Definitely.  But, Jesus promises us He will never give us anything beyond what we can bear or carry out.

So, what does He do?

First, he gives us the credentials of being saints in Christ Jesus. Next, he gives us the message to proclaim and the ministry to advance. Finally, He gives us the power. Salvation is only from God, and so is the message and the power to deliver it.

Are you ready for the adventure of a lifetime? Accept Christ’s call to carry his message to the world.  In doing so, we can pray;

“Dear Jesus. Just as you commissioned Your disciples You have also commissioned me. Empower me with Your Spirit to share Your message of love and life. How awesome to think that You created me – yes, me – just for this purpose! I’m ready to go!! Amen.

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