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Prepare for Ordinary Time

Father, thank You for ordinary time, when You
order our lives by
the example and
the words of Jesus.

Thank You for the privilege of spending these days with
Your holy and perfectly-pleasing Son.
Like His first disciples, we
walk with Him,
talk with Him,
watch Him, and
listen to Him.
We work with Him and
relax with Him.
We feast on His words and
drink in the pattern of His life.

And as we follow Him,
His Spirit within us turns
His teaching and
His example
into faith and love in our own lives.

Father, thank You for these
ordinary, beautiful days
spent with Jesus. 

Listen and sing:
Hymn: Come and Follow Me
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The Christ of Ordinary Time

from A Christ-centered Year

Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
(2 Peter 3:18, NASB)

During Ordinary Time, Jesus helps us order our lives by His teaching and example.
He gives us His Spirit as a down-payment
while we eagerly await His promised Advent.

Ordinary time is like the days Jesus spent with His disciples.
Together they walked long, dusty roads.
They talked,
healed, and
suffered together.
Our ordinary time is much the same.
It is time spent being discipled by Christ, our personal companion.

We learn by watching Him, by drinking in His example.
We learn from His Words, by hearing Him teach.
We learn by doing, by serving as He served and
obeying the Father as He obeyed.

We find that as Jesus proclaims His Kingdom within us,
He is like the teacher He described in Matthew 13:52:

Every scribe who has become a disciple of the kingdom of heaven is like a head of a household, who brings out of his treasure things new and old. (NASB)

Jesus sheds new light on timeless treasures from
the law, the psalms, and the prophets.
He also gives us new wine in new wineskins.

During Ordinary Time, Jesus helps us order our lives by His teaching and example.
He gives us His Spirit as a down-payment
while we eagerly await His promised Advent.

Listen and sing:
Hymn: See All That Human Can Be
Printed Music & Lyrics


Just before Jesus ascended back to His Father, He commissioned His eleven remaining disciples to “go…and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19, NASB). That is still our commission today, as Christ’s Church and as His individual followers. What are we being commanded to do?

When Jesus began His own work here among us, one of the first things He did was to make disciples, literally “learners” or “apprentices”. He approached individuals, looked them in the eye, and called them to leave their old life completely. He invited them to follow Him, learn from Him, and help Him; to make His agenda their only agenda; to give up everything for Him; to live with Him and die with Him.

This was no course in night school or part-time job. Discipleship was all-encompassing and all-consuming, 24/7. They gave up all security, comfort, and purpose outside of Jesus. They ate with Him, lodged with Him, worked with Him, walked with Him, watched Him, and listened to His words all day, every day. They were immersed in Jesus Christ and were reshaped by His life.

This is what Jesus was commissioning the eleven to do in Matthew 28: to make more such disciples for Him, to reproduce themselves. They were to baptize these disciples-in-the-making into the name of the Father, Son, and Spirit, then teach them all they themselves had learned from Christ.

This is still the calling of Christ’s disciples: to disciple others. We are to challenge them, encourage them, teach them, mentor them, and serve alongside them. We are to be instruments of the Spirit as He reshapes them into the image of Jesus. We are to nurture their personal relationship with the Father, the relationship that was Jesus’ focus and confidence and constant strength.

Discipleship is still radical, all-encompassing, and all-consuming. It is living life from and through and to Jesus Christ, and helping others to do the same.

Feed the Fire

I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. (Paul to Timothy in 2 Timothy 1:6, NIV)

God lights a fire within us—
the fire of His Spirit,
the fire of His power and love within.
But starve any fire—
deprive it of oxygen or fuel—
and it will quickly die.

Feed the fire.
Nurture that life-giving relationship.
Respond to Him in faith and obedience.
Listen for His gentle whispers.
Answer when He calls.
Tell Him how much you need Him.
Tell Him how much you love Him.
Give Him top priority every day.
Put to death the old habits and start new ones.
Thank Him every time He blesses you.
Come to Him quickly with every concern.
Serve Him eagerly, with gratitude and enthusiasm.

Read His Word.
Talk to Him.
Trust Him.
Praise Him.
Feed the fire.