Dear Apprentices of Jesus,It does no good to have a Mount of Olives if you don't have a habit. I read this yesterday, "Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him." (Luke 22:39, NIV). The New American Standard tells us this was Jesus' "custom." Jesus made it His habit to go to the Mount of Olives to pray. And did you notice this?: "His disciples followed Him."
Good, holy habits come at the cost of bad or even neutral habits. This week I'm fasting from the internet. No news sites, no surfing for things that interest me, no Facebook, no reading about the latest technology. None of these are bad, but for me they have become a hindrance to the good habit, praying as usual. The reality is that those who follow Jesus seek to do as He did.
1. Pray (Ask God for what you need to be a faithful servant of Jesus today)
2. Study (Read some or all of a chapter in a Gospel and listen to what the Spirit is teaching you.)
3. Share (Submit to the accountability of a friend or small group. Share if you prayed, what you learned and how it went serving Jesus today)
I can plod. I can persevere in any definite pursuit. To this I owe everything.
- William Carey
My name is Tim Kirkes. I am honored to be the a child of my heavenly Father, the husband of Lisa, the father of two boys and the pastor of San Dimas Wesleyan church.