Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” (Matt. 11:29).
READ: Philippians 3:7-11
If you are a friend of the Bridegroom, you will hear His voice. There is hardly a time you stay close to somebody without engaging in some discussion. And if you stay longer with the fellow, you will likely get to know one or two of his or her secrets, either through jokes or straight talks. There is no way you will stay close to Jesus without learning something most useful about Him. In Matthew 11:29, Jesus asks us to learn of Him. His personality, life and times are more than a subject or a course of study like Christology. If you can keep His company, you will surely learn from Him. There are several things you can learn from Him. You can adopt His habits in exchange for your bad habits. You can learn from His wisdom in tackling sensitive issues that were brought to Him. You can learn from His total submission to His Father’s will. You can learn from His complete dependence on the Holy Spirit in order to succeed in life and ministry. You can learn what gave Him joy, and what caused Him sorrow. You can learn from His attitude to the government and civic responsibilities.
What of His relations with His enemies? That is another area to learn from. You can learn from His attitude towards ministry. How did He select His 12 disciples whom He later named apostles? You can learn from His tears. You can learn from His industry. You can learn from His eating pattern and habits. You can learn from His attitude to rest. What of His divinity? That is another great course on its own! Your ability to succeed in life and ministry depends on the closeness you share with Jesus Christ and how much you are able to learn from Him. Paul’s goal in life was to study Jesus and learn from Him as much as possible. No wonder the miraculous became common place in his life and ministry! How close are you to the Lord? Or are you still keeping your distance from Him? If you keep a distance from the Bible, church gatherings and personal fellowship with Him, you may never be relevant in God’s end-time plan. What have you learnt so far?
Pray: Father teach me life lessons and help me apply what I’m taught.
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