Seek Me and Find Me

One of the best lessons in my life has been doing my daily devotions. It is extremely important, not only for my own life but also for those I am mentoring.

CONNECTED TO THE SOURCE

Just as we, as pastors and leaders, need to be connected to the Source, we need to do everything we can to make sure that those we are discipling get connected as quickly as possible to that same source. It’s that source that is the Artesian well, the fountainhead of truth. That source is the Scriptures: the infallible Word of God.

We need to teach people to dig into the Word instead of attaching themselves to us personally. The best way to do this is through a good devotions program which will help them learn to effectively connect to Jesus. People cannot be our clones nor do they want to be. Whether they realize it or not, what they truly want is to tap into the same source that we tap into. As we teach people to tap into the wealth of treasure found in the Scriptures what we are actually doing is we’re teaching them to be mentored by the Holy Spirit.

Another neat thing about this came to me while I was reading about John the Baptist.

John 1:30 – 37 “This is He on behalf of whom I said, ‘After me comes a Man who has a higher rank than I, for He existed before me.’ “And I did not recognize Him, but in order that He might be manifested to Israel, I came baptizing in water.” And John bore witness saying, “I have beheld the Spirit descending as a dove out of heaven, and He remained upon Him. “And I did not recognize Him, but He who sent me to baptize in water said to me, ‘He upon whom you see the Spirit descending and remaining upon Him, this is the one who baptizes in the Holy Spirit.’ “And I have seen, and have borne witness that this is the Son of God.” Again the next day John was standing with two of his disciples, and he looked upon Jesus as He walked, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!” And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus.”

The two disciples heard John the Baptist speak as he walked along eating on a cricket. Off in the distance they see Jesus, and John says to men walking with him, “Behold the Lamb of God.” These men, who have been John’s disciples for a long time, leave and they go and follow Him.

Just think about what happened. John is walking with these two guys and says, “Behold the Lamb of God” and the guys leave him and follow Jesus.

Even though that seems a little strange, that’s exactly what we want to do. As pastors we don’t want people to look to us, we want them to tap into the same source that we tap into. We need them to look to Jesus, not us.

Daily devotions and journaling have become such a valuable part of my daily life and I know that if you set yourself to diligently search out the scriptures they will change your life just as they have mine. As it says in Jeremiah 29:13 You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.”

If you would like to follow the devotions program we use here at New Hope Christian Fellowship, and I’ve used personally for years, you can find how to most effectively use the program athttp://www.lifejournal.cc/Site/Home.html

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