Seven Commands for Disciples

We are taking a short break from our study of the Book of Acts for a brief look at John’s journey contained in John Chapter 14.  We will resume our study of Acts soon.

Read:

“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. You have heard Me say to you, ‘I am going away and coming back to you.’ If you loved Me, you would rejoice because I said, ‘I am going to the Father,’ for My Father is greater than I.”

John 14:27–28

Reflect:

The Apostle John spent the entire fourteenth chapter of his gospel documenting the actions and teachings of the Lord Jesus as He prepared His disciples to lead His church to success. Jesus completed His instructions by reiterating seven important commands for His disciples. The Lord’s commands to His disciples are the same commands He gives Christians today.

First, remember that your entire relationship with Jesus is based upon Jesus. He is the way. Stay close to Him, focused on Him, and don’t be drawn away by things you do not understand. Second, receive the work of the Holy Spirit and His ministry. Third, expect the Holy Spirit to teach and bring you into all truth. Fourth, revel in the peace Jesus gives and expect it to be a lasting aspect of your life. Fifth, reject thoughts that keep you full of anxiety. Sixth, reject fear! Then the Lord Jesus gave one final command: “If you loved Me, you would rejoice because I said, “I am going to the Father, for My Father is greater than I.” Christianity is not about accomplishing the personal desires of Christians; it is about the will of the Lord Jesus and His glorious purpose and ministry. You are to follow God’s will for your life.

Respond:

“Jesus, You have given me Your peace and courage. I will not shrink back from doing Your Will. Amen.”