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The New Pastor's Training Manual

Devotionals for Pastors - More Life
By Ed Wrather

DAY 6

I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. - John 10:10a.

There do seem to be some moments in time when I have been more alive than other times. Visiting with a young family and the wife does not know Christ but wants to know Him. Seeing and hearing her pray to receive Christ as her Savior, I was definitely alive. Being on top of a little mountain at pre-teen camp with a group of campers. Each one shared when they had been saved. But one had not come to know Jesus as their Savior but wanted to be saved. I was alive leading her to Christ. Receiving a letter from a prison inmate thanking me because he had prayed to receive Christ and how much it meant to him. I was alive with joy.

Jesus came that we might have life. He says in Luke 19:10, “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” The bringing of life was not automatic. Jesus was on a mission to seek out and bring life to this world. We as His modern day disciples should have the same mission. Indeed we have a command to do so in Matthew 28:18-20. It is called the Great Commission. Maybe we should call it the Great Command, or the Great Order from the High Commander. The more obedient we are to that command the more life we will have. The more we join with Jesus in the seeking and the saving of the lost the more life we will have.

Want life? Want the abundant life? Jesus says, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few (Mt. 9:37).” Let us join Him in reaping the harvest and gain the abundant life.


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