Saturday, April 14, 2018

Morning Devotions with Chaplain Kenny - Curious, Convinced, or Committed?


Curious, Convinced, or Committed?

What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.
~ John 2:11 (NIV)

When Christ walked our planet, He spent a lot of time with twelve handpicked disciples. In Matthew 5:1-2 we read, “Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them”. After that came the Sermon on the Mount, which was given to His disciples who had gathered around Him. Jesus took time for His disciples. He spent time with them.

The word disciple means “a learner.” If you’re a disciple of Jesus, then you’re a learner. You’re someone who is listening and processing. These disciples listened to Jesus and followed Him.

Dwight Pentecost used three words to describe the different phases of where people are spiritually: curious, convinced, and committed.

During Jesus’ earthly ministry, He had a lot of curious people gather around Him, especially when He performed a miracle like multiplying the loaves and fish. A free lunch? Now we’re talking. Jesus would show up, and the crowds would show up. They listened to Him, but it didn’t impact them for the most part.

Then there are the convinced. These people aren’t impacted personally by what they hear, but they give intellectual assent to it, which is an important step. For example, we read that the first miracle Jesus did was turn water into wine in Cana of Galilee. John 2:11 tells us, “What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him. The disciples had gone from curious to convinced. They were so convinced that they were starting to follow Him. But at that point, after that miracle, they went from convinced to committed.

Which of these categories best describes you? Have you gone from curious to committed?
Almighty God, our hope and strength, without you we falter. Help us to follow Christ and to live according to your will. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
In Jesus,
Chaplain Kenny

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Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. Devotion by Harvest Christian Fellowship.
Curious, convinced, or committed: Which one describes you?

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