The AMI QT blogs for June 1 and 2 are provided by Mei Lan Thallman. Mei Lan is originally from Taiwan and a graduate of Asbury College and Asbury Theological Seminary (M.A.) in Kentucky. She is the wife of Pastor Kirt, who serves at Grace Covenant Church (Philadelphia). They have two children, Nate and Naomi .
DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS FOR TODAY
“Legacy of Faith”
2 Timothy 1:3-7
I thank God, whom I serve, as my ancestors did, with a clear conscience, as night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers. Recalling your tears, I long to see you, so that I may be filled with joy. I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also. For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.
After becoming a Christian at age 17, the foundation of my faith was built through my college years at Asbury University. As important as the sound doctrine of faith I learned through chapel and Bible classes was, the life witnesses of countless Christian professors and missionaries, along with their wives and families, have left a profound influence upon my life. The longer I live, the deeper I treasure the legacy of faith I have received through the authenticity of their vibrant faith and faithfulness.
Although I did not grow up in a Christian home like Timothy did, with a godly grandmother and mother, God blessed me with many spiritual fathers and mothers who loved me like Paul loved Timothy. I experienced powerful love from my spiritual family and inherited a rich spiritual heritage through their lives. Tuck and Cathy, my spiritual parents who drove an hour to take me to church, discipled me in God’s word and prayer; to this day they continue to pray for me and my family on a daily basis. Dr. Gray, my Accounting Professor, exemplified an intimacy with Christ and a grace filled life; she prayed with me for years for the salvation of my family and discerning God’s will for my life. Mrs. Coppedge impacted me through her contagious and passionate desire to live wholeheartedly for Jesus. She tenderly followed the Spirit’s leading and tirelessly testified His workings in her life as a wife, mother, and women’s Bible teacher. My family strives to live by a motto we heard from her: “All of me for all of Jesus.”
Who I have become today is the result of God graciously using faithful people like them throughout my spiritual development. What I have witnessed and received from them have become my life’s passion to pass it on with the same diligence and faithfulness. That is the beauty of God’s love. Whom has God used in your faith journey thus far to encourage your walk with Christ? Let’s take some time to thank God for them. Write them a text or an email to encourage them today, by sharing with them how God has used them to spur your faith.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank You for the wonderful people of God whom You placed in my life to mold and shape to be more like Christ. Help me to be like such people, so that I could also help those who are looking for spiritual mentors. Amen.
Bible Reading for Today: Deuteronomy 29
LUNCH BREAK STUDY
Read Hebrews 10:23-25: 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 toward love and good deeds, 25 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.
Questions to consider
- What is the hope we profess?
- How can believers spur one another toward love and good deeds?
- Who can I encourage today?
- Our hope is in the person of Christ Jesus (v.21), our High Priest, based on the unfailing promise of God.
- Believers hope in Christ is maintained and renewed through regular fellowship (v.23), as well as mutual encouragement through words of affirmation and love prompted by acts of service for one another.
- Personal response.
God desires to use your life to draw others unto Himself, just as He has used His many children in your life to point you towards Him thus far. Will you cooperate with Him by making yourself available to be used by Him in your family, school, work place, church, and neighborhood? Let us say: “Here I am, Lord Jesus, send me.”