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Weekly Devotion: Can You Spare Ten Minutes?
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For several months I have been burdened about discipleship. Jesus started it all with the selection of the original twelve. The New Testament uses the term disciple in three different contexts. First, a disciple is a committed follower of a teacher or a group. Second, it is a reference to the twelve apostles originally selected, called, and taught by Jesus. Third, and most applicable to this devotional, Jesus used the term to describe a follower who met His requirements, forsaking all to follow Him.

Most experts agree that discipleship is a process, for most a lifelong process with various stages of development. To be certain, it begins with the decision to accept the gift of salvation from a loving Savior. Acceptance of that gift should be followed by the decision to follow Jesus and meet His requirements.

Volumes have been written about the process of discipleship but most agree that it begins with spending time with the Master, time aimed at developing a deeper relationship in Him. Growing that relationship centers on conversation, a two-way conversation between you and God.

Begin by finding some quiet time, away from the hustle and bustle of our very demanding world, during which God can speak to you through His divine word, the Bible. Spend time in prayer, your opportunity to pour out your heart to the God of the universe, speaking to Him as though He is your very best friend; because He is that and so much more.

So, here is the challenge accepted by the members of a new discipleship group with whom I meet weekly. Set aside ten minutes of quiet time at the beginning of your day to read your Bible (Gods opportunity to speak to you) and to pray (your opportunity to speak to God) for the next seven days.

If you are consistent in the practice, it can be the beginning of a lifelong journey of following Jesus as His disciple. Can you spare ten minutes?


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