Sunday, September 5, 2010

Day 13-The Missionary Watching

Matthew 26:40-41 Then He returned to His disciples and found them sleeping. "Could you men not keep watch with me for one hour?" he said to Peter. "Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak."

I guess what I see in this devotional is that the disciples were not really able to keep watch. They really didn't understand what Jesus was going through. They didn't know what was going to happen...but most of all, they did not have the power of the Holy Spirit yet. But then again, would Jesus have asked them to do something that they were not able to do? Maybe they could have...but they would have been going on their own strength.

Anyway...the final point that chambers makes is that soon afterward, these same disciples were baptized by the Holy Spirit. A profound change happens. They are able to go the extra mile for Christ. No longer are they running and hiding. They were enabled to "watch with Jesus" for the rest of their lives.

Photo: My husband and daughter on Mt. Cardigan, NH

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