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Wendy van Eyck is married to Xylon, who talks non-stop about cycling, and makes her laugh. She writes for anyone who has ever held a loved one’s hand through illness, ever believed in God despite hard circumstances or ever left on a spontaneous 2-week holiday through a foreign land with just a backpack. You can follow Wendy’s story and subscribe to receive her free ebook, “Life, life and more life” at ilovedevotionals.com. She would also love to connect with you on Facebook and Twitter.

When you need to believe Jesus is still reckless with hope

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Wendy van Eyck is married to Xylon, who talks non-stop about cycling, and makes her laugh. She writes for anyone who has ever held a loved one’s hand through illness, ever believed in God despite hard circumstances or ever left on a spontaneous 2-week holiday through a foreign land with just a backpack. You can follow Wendy’s story and subscribe to receive her free ebook, “Life, life and more life” at ilovedevotionals.com. She would also love to connect with you on Facebook and Twitter.

Meanwhile, the eleven disciples were on their way to Galilee, headed for the mountain Jesus had set for their reunion. The moment they saw him they worshiped him. Some, though, held back, not sure about worship, about risking themselves totally.

Jesus, undeterred, went right ahead and gave his charge: “God authorized and commanded me to commission you: Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:16-20 (MSG)

Sometimes I’m not sure what God is doing. 

Some things in life just don’t seem to make sense. 

I think the disciples must have felt that way when they Jesus came to have a reunion with them for after he rose from the dead. 

I think that I would have been amongst the disciples holding back, not risking themselves totally. 

Which is why I love that the very next verse says, “Jesus, undeterred, went right ahead…”

Jesus is reckless with hopeI love that Jesus doesn’t wait for me to be in exactly the right place in my life before he shares my purpose with me. 

When I hold myself back, out of uncertainty, Jesus is still reckless with hope. (tweet this)

When I'm unsure Jesus still moves toward me.

Jesus doesn’t wait for me to sort my life, my heart or my future, before he calls me to live for him. (tweet this)

So often, I think Jesus will only use me when I have all my ducks in a row, but as I read these verses this morning, I was realised that there is one thing that will never stop Jesus: Me. 

Jesus isn’t phased by my lack of faith, my belief in my ability, or whether I think I’m good enough. (tweet this)

Jesus won’t let whatever holds me backing from risking everything fully for him, stop him from inviting me to know life, life and more life

Instead Jesus just stands there saying, “Go, live the life you’ve heard me speak about, and I’ll be with you every step of the way.”

Ponder: What holds you back from living the life Jesus is calling you too? Do you think knowing Jesus isn’t deterred by those things would help you move towards it.

Pray: Jesus, help me to be undeterred like you by the things I think hold me back. 

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- This was orginally published on my site in December 2014. To read more devotionals like this go to ilovedevotionals.com

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