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  • Writer's picturePeggianne Wright

๐‘ซ๐‘ฐ๐‘บ๐‘ช๐‘ฐ๐‘ท๐‘ณ๐‘ฌ๐‘บ๐‘ฏ๐‘ฐ๐‘ท: Stepping Out In Faith

"๐‘จย ๐’๐’†๐’˜ย ๐’„๐’๐’Ž๐’Ž๐’‚๐’๐’…๐’Ž๐’†๐’๐’•ย ๐‘ฐย ๐’ˆ๐’Š๐’—๐’†ย ๐’•๐’ย ๐’š๐’๐’–, ๐’•๐’‰๐’‚๐’•ย ๐’š๐’๐’–ย ๐’๐’๐’—๐’†ย ๐’๐’๐’†ย ๐’‚๐’๐’๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’“: ๐’‹๐’–๐’”๐’•ย ๐’‚๐’”ย ๐‘ฐย ๐’‰๐’‚๐’—๐’†ย ๐’๐’๐’—๐’†๐’…ย ๐’š๐’๐’–, ๐’š๐’๐’–ย ๐’‚๐’๐’”๐’ย ๐’‚๐’“๐’†ย ๐’•๐’ย ๐’๐’๐’—๐’†ย ๐’๐’๐’†ย ๐’‚๐’๐’๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’“. ๐‘ฉ๐’šย ๐’•๐’‰๐’Š๐’”ย ๐’‚๐’๐’ย ๐’‘๐’†๐’๐’‘๐’๐’†ย ๐’˜๐’Š๐’๐’ย ๐’Œ๐’๐’๐’˜ย ๐’•๐’‰๐’‚๐’•ย ๐’š๐’๐’–ย ๐’‚๐’“๐’†ย ๐’Ž๐’šย ๐’…๐’Š๐’”๐’„๐’Š๐’‘๐’๐’†๐’”, ๐’Š๐’‡ย ๐’š๐’๐’–ย ๐’‰๐’‚๐’—๐’†ย ๐’๐’๐’—๐’†ย ๐’‡๐’๐’“ย ๐’๐’๐’†ย ๐’‚๐’๐’๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’“.โ€ ~Jแดสœษด 13:34-35 ESV


๐‘ซ๐’Š๐’”๐’„๐’Š๐’‘๐’๐’†๐’”๐’‰๐’Š๐’‘.ย  To me, that is such a beautiful word.ย  But, it's a word that holds so much responsibility, so much weight, and so much excitement.ย  It's also a frightening word.


As followers of Jesus, we've accepted His call to follow, "๐‘จ๐’๐’…ย ๐’‰๐’†ย ๐’”๐’‚๐’Š๐’…ย ๐’•๐’ย ๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’Ž, โ€œ๐‘ญ๐’๐’๐’๐’๐’˜ย ๐’Ž๐’†, ๐’‚๐’๐’…ย ๐‘ฐย ๐’˜๐’Š๐’๐’ย ๐’Ž๐’‚๐’Œ๐’†ย ๐’š๐’๐’–ย ๐’‡๐’Š๐’”๐’‰๐’†๐’“๐’”ย ๐’๐’‡ย ๐’Ž๐’†๐’.โ€ ~๊ฎ‡๊ญบ๊ญฒ๊ญฒ๊ฎ‹๊ญผ๊ฎค 4:19 NIVย  That, my friends is the easy part - comparatively speaking.ย  But, here's where it gets harder.ย  Becoming a disciple means stepping out in faith and exposing ourselves.ย  We must become courageous in order to reveal the deepest, most vulnerable side of our hearts to those who are struggling in their daily lives and are not necessarily open to hearing the Gospel.ย  We must also be prepared to put everything in our lives second to God.ย 

"๐‘ป๐’‰๐’†๐’ย ๐‘ฑ๐’†๐’”๐’–๐’”ย ๐’”๐’‚๐’Š๐’…ย ๐’•๐’ย ๐’‰๐’Š๐’”ย ๐’…๐’Š๐’”๐’„๐’Š๐’‘๐’๐’†๐’”, โ€œ๐‘พ๐’‰๐’๐’†๐’—๐’†๐’“ย ๐’˜๐’‚๐’๐’•๐’”ย ๐’•๐’ย ๐’ƒ๐’†ย ๐’Ž๐’šย ๐’…๐’Š๐’”๐’„๐’Š๐’‘๐’๐’†ย ๐’Ž๐’–๐’”๐’•ย 

๐’…๐’†๐’๐’šย ๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’Ž๐’”๐’†๐’๐’—๐’†๐’”ย ๐’‚๐’๐’…ย ๐’•๐’‚๐’Œ๐’†ย ๐’–๐’‘ย ๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’Š๐’“ย ๐’„๐’“๐’๐’”๐’”ย ๐’‚๐’๐’…ย ๐’‡๐’๐’๐’๐’๐’˜ย ๐’Ž๐’†." ~ Mแด€แด›แด›สœแด‡แดก 16:24 NIVย ย 

In a world that has come to idolize people, money, status, and so many other things, we need to be prepared to have backs turned on us.ย  But, those backs are the ones we need to pray for.ย  Those backs are the ones we want to turn around.


I believe that each of us has the power of discipleship in us in some way. While we may not take the pulpit on Sunday morning, we take to social media every day. We may not have studied theology at seminary, but we read the Bible daily and study the Word closely. When we use these tools, we have the power to lift up God for everyone to experience, know, and love. We have the opportunity to spread a message of hope and love and peace. We're gifted with the chance to become disciples of Jesus.


As disciples, we're asked to be the "teacher's assistant" to THE Teacher!ย  A task that's not to be taken lightly but to be accepted exuberantly.ย  In our every day lives, there are endless opportunities to disciple in a multitude of ways.ย  We need only look to Him for guidance and direction.ย ย 

๐‘ป๐’‰๐’†ย ๐’”๐’•๐’–๐’…๐’†๐’๐’•ย ๐’Š๐’”ย ๐’๐’๐’•ย ๐’‚๐’ƒ๐’๐’—๐’†ย ๐’•๐’‰๐’†ย ๐’•๐’†๐’‚๐’„๐’‰๐’†๐’“, ๐’ƒ๐’–๐’•ย ๐’†๐’—๐’†๐’“๐’š๐’๐’๐’†ย ๐’˜๐’‰๐’ย ๐’Š๐’”ย ๐’‡๐’–๐’๐’๐’šย ๐’•๐’“๐’‚๐’Š๐’๐’†๐’…ย 

๐’˜๐’Š๐’๐’ย ๐’ƒ๐’†ย ๐’๐’Š๐’Œ๐’†ย ๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’Š๐’“ย ๐’•๐’†๐’‚๐’„๐’‰๐’†๐’“. ~ Lแดœแด‹แด‡ 6:40 NIV


Let us all be daring, step out in bold conviction, and be ready to disciple our family, friends, neighbours, and others who may be in need of a guiding hand.


Paws To Pray

Heavenly Father,

With full hearts, we thank You, for choosing us to carry out this important work of discipleship. Help us Lord, to look deep within our hearts to find ways to invite others to join us in our walk with You. Fill us with grace, Father, that we may show patience and understanding to those who've turned away from us because of our love for You. Give us strength and courage Lord, to find ways to build bridges so that those whose backs have turned will be joined to You, that they may experience the powerful connection in faith. And, Father, grant us the power to speak Your words boldly so that those turned backs will begin to hear and follow.

All these things we pray, in Jesus' Name,


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