To Follow Jesus
My notes on Every Day with Jesus, written by Selwyn Hughes; revised and updated by Mick Brooks, published by CWR.
May/June 2016 Issue – The Presence of God, ‘You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.’ Psalm 16:11
The text set for today’s reading and meditation:
Matthew 18:15-20 (NIVUK): ”‘If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that “every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.”
If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector.
‘Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.
‘Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.’”
In today’s study, Selwyn introduces an another way of increasing our awareness of God’s presence in our lives.
He introduces the topic, as follows: “I refer to the joy of meeting together in fellowship with other Christians. Most of us do this, but not all of us understand the significance of what happens when we meet together in Jesus’ name.
Although the presence of Jesus is with every Christian whenever we meet together corporately for prayer and worship His presence seems to be felt more intensely by each of us individually. … The closer we get to God the closer we will want to get to each other.”
In Romans 15:5-6, we read: “May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
The same message is found in 2 Corinthians 13:10-11; “Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.”
Likewise in Hebrews 3:13-14, the call to meet together and to encourage each other in our walk with the Lord, is expressed: “Encourage one another daily, as long as it is called ‘Today’, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. We have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original conviction firmly to the very end.”
You can see that it is important to meet with fellow Christians on a regular basis and when we do – the God of love and peace will be with us.
What did you think about today’s study?