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Complete the journey (Don't stop half way)

Many people start a journey (like life), get part of the way to where they were going, and then settle for second best. Don't let that be you! When you escape slavery, don't stop in the desert or even in the Promised Land. Jesus says you can have the kingdom of heaven on earth! Don't stop before you get all Jesus has for you!

Monday Genesis 11:31 (NRSV)
Terah took his son Abram and his grandson Lot son of Haran, and his daughter-in-law Sarai, his son Abram’s wife, and they went out together from Ur of the Chaldeans to go into the land of Canaan; but when they came to Haran, they settled there.

Many people set out for somewhere great but never arrive. They get part way and settle. In Terah’s case, when he stopped short, God let him. But God then told his son Abram to go the rest of the way. Often journeys are completed by the second or third generation, even though the blessing was intended for the first generation.

What are some things you wanted to do (or that God wanted you to do) that you haven’t finished yet?

Are you still working on them, or have you settled on something else?

Tuesday Numbers 6:6-8 (NRSV)
[God said to Moses,] “Say therefore to the Israelites, ‘I am the LORD, and I will free you from the burdens of the Egyptians and deliver you from slavery to them. I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment. I will take you as my people, and I will be your God. You shall know that I am the LORD your God, who has freed you from the burdens of the Egyptians. I will bring you into the land that I swore to give to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; I will give it to you for a possession. I am the LORD.’"

Moses delivered this wonderful promise to the people of Israel. They had been in Egypt for 450 years. They were slaves and had cruel taskmasters. One might think they would jump with joy on hearing the news. But the next verse is heart-breaking:

Moses told this to the Israelites; but they would not listen to Moses, because of their broken spirit and their cruel slavery.

They did not believe such good news could be possible, so they would not listen.

What good news have you heard that you thought was not possible?

What promises of God have you not yet seen in your life?

What promises of God have you seen fulfilled?

Wednesday Numbers 14:1-4 (NRSV)
[After hearing the Promised Land was bountiful but looked difficult to attain] all the congregation raised a loud cry, and the people wept that night. And all the Israelites complained against Moses and Aaron; the whole congregation said to them, "Would that we had died in the land of Egypt! Or would that we had died in this wilderness! Why is the LORD bringing us into this land to fall by the sword? Our wives and our little ones will become booty; would it not be better for us to go back to Egypt?" So they said to one another, "Let us choose a captain, and go back to Egypt."

People who have been set free from slavery (or sin) sometimes fall back into old patterns. They want to go back to Egypt. When people see how much effort it will take to enter the Promised Land, they sometimes give up hope.

It’s very important when you have been set free that you continue to advance against your fears and move into God’s purposes for your life, so you get into such a good place that you have little desire to go back.

What parts of your life are caught in slavery?

What parts are stuck in the desert (freed, but not anywhere good yet)?

What parts have fought their way into God’s promise?

Thursday John 8:31-36 (NRSV)
Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, "If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free."

They answered him, "We are descendants of Abraham and have never been slaves to anyone. What do you mean by saying, ‘You will be made free’?"

Jesus answered them, "Very truly, I tell you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not have a permanent place in the household; the son has a place there forever. So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.”

Jesus says people who commit sin are enslaved by it. The people in the crowd didn’t recognize their condition – they didn’t see their need to be set free. But the story of Israel escaping slavery in Egypt is our story of being set free from sin – sometimes God sets us free but we just go back to the sin, sometimes we get stuck in the desert, other times we advance against our fears, trust God’s promises, and make it into the land God has promised.

What sins has God set you free from so far?

What sins do you still need to be free from?

Friday Matthew 10:5-8 (NRSV)
These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: "Go nowhere among the Gentiles, and enter no town of the Samaritans, but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. As you go, proclaim the good news, ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. You received without payment; give without payment.”

Jesus had his followers announce to people they met, “The kingdom of heaven has come near.” Then they demonstrated that fact, curing the sick, raising the dead, cleansing lepers, and casting out demons.

How much of your life reflects the fact that “the kingdom of heaven has come near”?

Saturday
What are have you done this week because of Jesus?

What do you want to do next week because of Jesus?

What do you need help with?


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La Jolla Lutheran Church is a member of Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ, a fast-growing association of churches that believe the Bible. Other LCMC churches in the San Diego area include Penasquitos Lutheran Church at 14484 Penasquitos Drive; and St. Timothy Lutheran Church at 2602 Reo Drive. Check the list of more than 800 congregations to find an LCMC church near you.

The Scripture quotations contained herein are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible (NRSV), copyright, 1989, by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S. A. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


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