Thought For The day 03/28/12

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Discipleship

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But from this earth, this grave, this dust,
My God shall raise me up, I trust.

Walter Raleigh

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Now that the ending of the Lenten period is approaching and we are faced with remembering the last days of Jesus, we are also confronted with seeing, once more, the fallibility and human weaknesses of the men who were hand-picked by Him to aid in sharing his Father’s message with the world….the Disciples. And the very human part of me must ask that burning question that many of us have probably, at the very least, thought ourselves, even if we did not utter the very words. How is it possible that the Son of God, a man blessed with a wisdom not since matched by another, could have possibly selected the 12 followers that He did? Did He know what the future held? Did He see when looking at these 12, that He would not just be denied but would also be betrayed? Which then also bids us consider and ask the questions of what exactly is “Discipleship” and are we worthy of sharing God’s message today?

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 Perhaps we first need to look at the definition of what it is, exactly, that makes someone a disciple. A disciple, by definition, according to Bing Dictionary is:

disciple (n)
dis·ci·ple [ di sp’l ]

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1) follower of person or idea: somebody who believes in and follows the teachings of a leader, a philosophy, or a religion

2)original follower of Jesus Christ: in the Bible, one of the 12 original followers of Jesus Christ

Synonyms: follower, believer, supporter, devotee, partisan, adherent, student, pupil, scholar, learner

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It seems likely that the reason for choosing those He did was not for any particular talent or skill, although each most certainly did have their own unique talents. We know what the “occupations” were of only five or six of the 12 Disciples. Simon Peter, Andrew, James and John (the sons of Zebedee) where all fishermen. Matthew was a tax collector. Simon was known as “the Zealot” which was likely considered to be his job. Of the remaining Disciples, the other James, Judas, Phillip, Thomas, Bartholomew (AKA Nathan), and Thaddeus (AKA Jude), I do not believe we know of any particular occupation. What we do know is that they were a fairly diverse collection of men, and certainly not entirely obedient, and it is because of their differences, that is seems likely Christ was sending a message to the world that any and all are welcome to hear His message and to become followers.

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Today “Discipleship” is just as difficult for each of us as it was for the 12 chosen. We are all very human and are apt to have the faith we share colored by the many life experiences we hold within our hearts. And just like Thomas, it is likely that we have doubted and perhaps even denied Him. And perhaps, like Judas Iscariot, we may have even betrayed the very fabric of our faith in God. But it is also the sacrifice made by Jesus all those years ago, that allows us to confess our doubts and denials and other sins, and have the stain of those sins washed away. Once again, we are able to become a human vessel of the Holy Spirit and, we are given the strength to overcome those daily trials that serve to try to undermine what it is we profess belief in.

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18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Matthew 28:18-20 ESV

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About Mandy Bruscella

Mandy's Story: As a Registered Professional Nurse with Certification in a number of specialties including home care, I was afforded the opportunity of working closely with various Social Service Agencies in NY and NJ. ~ A lifelong Christian, I was ordained as a Presbyterian deacon in 1993 and, after relocating to SC in 2000, elected to become ordained as a non-denominational minister. ~ I established "MandysPath" Ministry in 2011. "MandysPath" Ministry is a member of Pacific Life Church, El Sobrante, CA, network of ministries. ~ I direct an outreach ministry in an alternative setting, providing spiritual care to a congregation of more than 500 people from around the world via the Internet. ~ As part of this outreach, I write a daily faith based blog. In March, 2012 I was asked to become a board member of Heroes For Children which is a non-profit foundation, established to assists the Guardian ad Litem program of Horry County, SC. Guardians ad Litem are a group of court appointed advocates who represent the best interests of children in Family Court proceedings involving allegations of abuse or neglect. Working closely with these men and women who make a difference in the lives of children, I completed training and have been sworn in to serve as a Guardian ad Litem for the state of South Carolina . ~ I have been married since 1975 to a wonderful man, Daniel. I have a son Daniel and his wife Melissa who live in NYC. My daughter Sabrina and my grandson Landon live here in SC. ~ My father Harold continues to share his wisdom with me and is responsible for many of the ideas I write about!

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