Welcome, Reading Friends and New Subscribers! This is David Telbat. (Be sure to read our news after this post.) I was recently reflecting on how there have been periods of my life that weren’t considered effective living for Christ, simply because I hadn’t settled into my environment. Maybe you’ve been waiting for God to move for weeks, months, or years in your life, and so a major part of your life has been on hold. Like a person waiting to go on a trip, we sometimes keep our bags packed by the door, but the call to go never comes. Or the call to go is delayed. What’s the answer to this dilemma? Continuing the metaphor of the suitcases packed next to the door, I think the first step toward us getting back to effective living is to just . . . unpack everything.
In the Bible, we discover that disciples of Jesus Christ must first be followers of Jesus Christ. That seems simple, but I need to be reminded of this fact. Too swiftly, I may call myself His disciple, but am I His follower? I should be.
And if we are His followers, we should unpack the examples He gave us—the way He lived, we should live; He died for others, we should also put others first; Jesus laid down His glory, we should lay down our self-centeredness. The compassion He had is the kind of compassion we should show. This is often a subject of my novels—secret agents who give their lives selflessly for Christ. But it’s a reality expected of true disciples of Christ, even here in America.
Christ gave us His All
Jesus came to earth, not for a vacation, but for an investment—in us. When He came, He didn’t leave His bags packed; He unpacked what He’d brought for his followers. He didn’t cling to what was rightfully His (Phil 2:5-7); He came and gave us all that He had.
Have a great week as we each consider how God wants us to unpack what He’s given us so we can enjoy effective living for Christ.
See you on the field!
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NOTE: With Father’s Day coming up next weekend, enjoy these past Father’s Day Short Stories, “Automatic Postcard,” and “A Father’s Heart,” and “Give your Life.” David wrote a new Father’s Day Short Story this year as well. See the link below.
NEWS1: David was invited to do a guest post for the Reviews by Peter website! The post gives exclusive background info about why he is writing this new Steadfast Series. Check it out HERE!
NEWS2: Peter Younghusband awarded & reviewed Distant Contact, Book One in The COIL Legacy! Read it on his site HERE. And then, he followed that one with an award & review on his site of Distant Front, Book Two in The COIL Legacy! You can read it HERE on his site. Thank you, Peter!!
Prayer Prompt: This request came in a recent Vision Beyond Borders Weekly Update email:
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COMING UP: Join us next time for a NEW Father’s Day Short Story by D.I. Telbat, “A Father’s Day Memory Lives On“!