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Day Thirteen
Pastor Ken Vance
Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it. - Mark 8:34-35 (NIV)

When Jesus calls us to follow Him, he is inviting us to a life of purpose. He asks us to emulate His life. That is what a disciple is – someone who aspires to be like another and conforms their lifestyle to that leader. Jesus’ life was a model of self-giving love and sacrificial service. He came not to be served but to give his life in service for others. He gave himself to make the world a better place. That is the purpose he calls our life to follow.

Therefore we have to ask, “What in our community needs to change? What can we do to make a difference? Who can we partner with? Where is compassion moving me to get involved and do something?” God is Love, and he moves in our heart to invite us to be a part of His solution to the problems that our world faces. He has made us new in Christ Jesus and has prepared things for us to accomplish – things that can make our world a better place.

To make our world a better place we don’t have to quit our jobs, but we may have to quit something. We don’t have to become a missionary and leave the country, but we may have to leave our comfort zone. We don’t have to give all our money, but we may have to give a percentage of it. Our love for others authenticates our devotion to God and loving others will cost us. Yet it’s only when we give our life for others that we find a life that is lasting.

Soon we’ll all be looking back over 2020 and realize that we spent our time somewhere doing something. What if we make a decision now to spend it somewhere doing something that matters. If we devote ourselves to more than ourselves then we will have more than ourselves to show.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I commit my life to live for the purpose you created me. I want to be a part of Your love, help, and hope for my world. Let Your love fill my heart as I give myself willingly to follow Jesus’ way of life. I willingly surrender myself and deny my self-interest to live a life of meaning and purpose. Let Your will be done through me so that my life can make the world a better place. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Night of Prayer & Worship

Friday, January 31 at 7pm

We conclude our 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting with a time of prayer and worship. 

Connect and Grow

Small Groups begin February 16

God created us to live in community with others, and it is only then that we can experience the full life He intends for us. Small Groups are an important step to getting connected with others at Vertical Church.

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