My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
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Sewing the Robe of Discipleship
My family, long-ago in Germany. Yes, mom made my dress, probably hers, and Kurt's shirt too.
1Sam. 2:18 Samuel was ministering before the LORD, a boy wearing a linen ephod. 19 His mother used to make for him a little robe and take it to him each year, when she went up with her husband to offer the yearly sacrifice.
Little Samuel was being raised in the presence of Eli’s wicked sons. They were doing things wrong, and stealing food from the sacrifices they were supposed to be making on behalf of the people. In their midst was a precious little boy whose mother was influencing him to do everything right. She brought him a new robe every year so that it would fit properly and he wore the linen ephod, a priestly garment, over the top. This was what he should have been doing and he did it right, when Eli’s sons took short-cuts in everything that they were doing.
Hannah came back year after year to check in her son and give him a new garment. One can imagine that she encouraged him to do the right things and to serve God faithfully. Surely, day after day, while at home, she prayed for him. While he was not present with her physically, he was always present in her heart. Whether near or far, she was committed to his discipleship.
I think I’m drawn to this little passage of scripture because my mother made my clothes when I was a little girl. Every year she lovingly sewed a beautiful wardrobe for me. I didn’t know until I was older how blessed I was to have a mother who was a tailor and loved to make beautiful pieces of clothing for me. Hannah lovingly did the same thing for her little Samuel, making him a robe every year so that he could look nice, and that his clothes fit him well.
Every parent is sewing a robe of discipleship for their child. Hannah not only brought Samuel a physical robe, but she prayed for him, and I’m sure she guided him when they had their visits. It wasn’t a one-size-fits-all kind of a relationship, but one in which she knew she had to adjust the robe, and probably the teaching, for every year of his life. New clothes, new teaching, and a need to continue growing in faith.
F. B. Meyer in “Our Daily Homily” writes, “By their behavior to each other and to their children; by the ordering of the home-life; by their actions, more than by their words; by the way in which they speak, and spend their leisure hours, and pray — men and women are making the little coats which, for better or worse, their children wear ever after, and perhaps pass down to after generations.”
Whether we know it or not, we are all making coats for those who will come after us. These are the coats of discipleship and they must continually be remade and adjusted to fit the time and the season. If not, they will be ill-fitting and will no longer serve a purpose. Sadly, if we stop growing in the Lord, our robes will no longer fit and we will be wearing last-seasons discipleship long after it’s gone out of style, now old and tattered.
Every follower of Christ needs to take care to have a well-fitting robe of discipleship. Then, there is the intentional creation of clothing for our children. This must be clothing that is adjusted year after year so that it fits well. We lovingly provide the opportunities for our those who come after us to wear beautiful coats of discipleship that they will be able to hand down to the next generation. My mother didn’t just make my clothes for me, she became a pattern of beautiful discipleship that I am challenged to wear on a daily basis. It’s time to take inventory of our robe, and the clothing we are creating for others.
Lord, words aren’t enough to express my gratitude for my sweet mother who has always worn a beautiful robe of loving you.Amen.
Rom. 6:22 But now that you have been freed from sin and enslaved to God, the advantage you get is sanctification. The end is eternal life. Rom. 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Two sides of life are presented here in great contrast. One is a life of sin and enslavement to evil. The other side of life is freedom which provides the advantage of sanctification (or holiness as some translate the word) that leads to eternal life. The options here are a life of sin, slavery and death; or freedom, holiness and eternal life.
The advantage of holiness or sanctification is the benefit of the life of freedom. Jesus died so that we might be made holy like him and this is something that is offered as a “fruit” or “advantage” right now. The end is eternal life — but the living of life is that it can be lived out in holiness.
The next verse is really just an affirmation of the verse 22. Sin will lead …
Ex. 33:4 ¶ When the people heard these harsh words, they mourned, and no one put on ornaments. Ex. 33:5 For the LORD had said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘You are a stiff-necked people; if for a single moment I should go up among you, I would consume you. So now take off your ornaments, and I will decide what to do to you.’” Ex. 33:6 Therefore the Israelites stripped themselves of their ornaments, from Mount Horeb onward.
The people had sinned before God by making and worshiping the golden calf! They had taken their golden jewelry — the earrings and other items they had gotten from the Egyptians and used them to create an idol. Now, in an act of humility and repentance they were to take off all of their jewelry and ornaments. It was a time of mourning over their sin and it included intentional action on the part of the Israelites. Application:
We don’t do all that well with humility and repentance! It seems that we live in a time when we try to carry on…
Scripture: Mark 8:31 Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. 32 He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 33 But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.” Observation:
Peter had openly declared that Jesus was the Messiah when suddenly the conversation shifted to suffering, rejection and death. With his affirmation of Jesus as Messiah, Peter had brought with him all of the connotations of that term. Jesus was to be a great military leader, a Davidic Messiah, who would save the people from the earthly authorities. Jesus’ description was a paradigm that didn’t fit into Peter’s thinking.
Peter’s rebuke of Jesus was severe. The language reflects a long and unpleasant conversation. The…