Blessed are the Pacemakers

When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realised that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.
Acts 4:13

Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
Hebrews 10:23-25
The annual cross-country competition was a big deal at my school. The faster you completed the course the more points you earned for your house. In my final year, I duly completed the course in what I considered to be a good time. But our cross-country captain was convinced that I could do better and insisted that I run again. Much to my surprise, I shaved four minutes off my original time! What made the difference? Simply the fact that on my second attempt our cross-country captain ran with me. He did not carry me or even push me. He simply ran alongside me.
For three years Jesus ran alongside Peter and John and the effect upon them was plain to see. But what about after he ascended back into heaven? Where did that leave them, not to mention you and me? Are we now supposed to run alone?

The primary way that we can still experience Jesus’ presence is through the Holy Spirit whom he sends to every child of God. But another vital way is through the deep relationships that God wants us to build with other believers around us.

Joining a Life Group at Everyday Church is one way of intentionally gathering a group of disciples around you to run with.  In the Life Group that I belong to we have a saying, “We may not have arrived yet, but we are getting there!”  Even though it started out as a bit of a joke, this saying has stuck because it carries a deep truth. None of us is pretending to have got everything right yet and we are honest about our struggles and setbacks. But we are committed to spurring one another on and to not giving up. By running together we are making ourselves the tangible presence of Jesus in one another’s lives. I am so grateful for these precious brothers and sisters. They are my pacemakers.
  1. Who are the pacemakers that God has placed around you? Name them and thank God for them.
  2. What could you do today that would spur a brother or sister on towards love and good deeds?  Perhaps you could give them a call or send a word of encouragement.
  3. If you are not already in a Life Group, I would encourage you to consider joining one. Why not speak to your Venue leader or find out more here:
Dear Lord Jesus, Thank you for the Church which is your body. Thank you for the brothers and sisters that you have provided to run alongside me.  Please help me to strengthen the relationships that I have within the church family. Help me to see how I can encourage and spur them on as we follow you together. Amen
Today’s Everyday Devotions were written by David Featherstone, who leads our Sutton venue.

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