I Will Follow You

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Daily Bible Readings:

Monday, March 14. Read John 13:36-38.  1) Peter told Jesus he wanted to go where he (Jesus) was going.  2) Why did Jesus tell him he could not follow?  3) What would Jesus say to you?

Tuesday, March 15.  Read  Luke 14:25-33.  1) What does Jesus say the cost of discipleship is?  2) What does a thoughtful person do before setting out to do something grand?  3) What does Jesus say a major barrier to discipleship is?

Wednesday, March 16. Read .Luke 18:18-25.  1) How did Jesus answer the “ruler’s” question about inheriting eternal life?  2) What was in the way of the ruler’s being able to follow through on “inhering” the kingdom of God?

Thursday, March 17. Read Matthew 16:24-28.  1) What did Jesus say is the cost of discipleship?  2) How does the Kingdom of God compare to the world?

Friday, March 18. Read Matthew 6:25-33.  1) What effect does worry have on us.  2) What does Jesus say to put first in our priorities?

Saturday, March 19. Read Luke 9:51-62. This is Sunday’s sermon text.

Prayer for the Week:

Dear Father, please forgive us for trying to live a cut-rate life before you. For trying to make discipleship about us and not about you. Keep us reminded that this is the way of a Cross, most certainly NOT the way of convenience or ease or preference. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Hymn of the Week:

We Saw Thee Not
by Anne Richter, 1851

We saw thee not when thou didst come
To this poor world of sin and death;
Nor yet beheld thy cottage home,
In that despised Nazareth;
But we believe thy footsteps trod
Its streets and plains, thou Son of God;
But we believe thy footsteps trod
Its streets and plains, thou Son of God.

We saw thee not when lifted high
Amid that wild and savage crew;
Nor heard we that imploring cry,
“Forgive, they know not what they do!”
But we believe the deed was done,
That shook the earth and veiled the sun;
But we believe the deed was done,
That shook the earth and veiled the sun.

We gazed not in the open tomb
Where once thy mangled body lay;
Nor saw thee in that “upper room,”
Nor met thee on the open way;
But we believe that angels said,
“Why seek the living with the dead?”
But we believe that angels said,
“Why seek the living with the dead?”

We walked not with the chosen few
Who saw thee from the earth ascend;
Who raised to heaven their wondering view,
Then low to earth all prostrate bend;
But we believe that human eyes
Beheld that journey to the skies;
But we believe that human eyes
Beheld that journey to the skies.

Devotional Article of the Week:

As long as there is life, we have a mission and purpose to complete.
by Phil Ware

Outside a previous office door, I had a comic strip that showed a character whose hair was on fire, accompanied by the following caption:

If God gives a certain amount of work to accomplish in a lifetime, I figure I can retire at 139.

In a world where “being busy” is an essential status symbol, this might seem humorous. I took that comic strip down when I realized something important about my two greatest heroes, Jesus and the apostle Paul: they both finished the work God gave them to do!

When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit (John 19:30).

[In his last days, Paul wrote to Timothy:] For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time for my departure is near. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day — and not only to me but also to all who have longed for his appearing (2 Timothy 4:6-8).



God’s expectations for me are fulfilled!

Wow, that sure sounds refreshing. But will we — you and I — be able to say that when our lives run out of days?

I believe we can. I believe we should. But, there are two commitments we must make for this sense of completion, of being finished, to be true for our lives.

Our first commitment:

We must live on mission for God. That mission may change over time, but we must choose to live on mission for God to bring his kingdom rule alive in our world. Jesus lived to complete his mission:

“My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work” (John 4:34).

Paul lived to complete his mission:

I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me — the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace (Acts 20:24).

God created each of us in our mother’s womb for something only we can do (Psalm 139:13-16). Unfortunately, however, most of us begin to believe the lies of the evil one. He tries to tell us that we are not special, that we have little or nothing to offer, and that the damage done to us in the past disqualifies us from doing anything special for God. Those are lies.

God is still at work in each of us (Philippians 2:13). In fact, he is working to redeem our messes and bring something good out of the mess of our own mistakes, Satan’s vile intentions, and evil people’s acts against us (Romans 8:28). Jesus means that each of us can have new beginnings because of grace (2 Corinthians 5:16-21). We must resist the lies of the devil and believe the promise of God to do something significant through us.

Our second commitment:

We won’t quit! We will keep on doing our mission until life is done. We have a way of discounting the generational impact that our everyday lives have on those who are our family, co-workers, fellow students, and friends. We don’t have to be the president of a corporation or a mega-church pastor or a superstar athlete to make an eternal difference in the lives of others.

We must not discount what God has positioned us to do. The challenge is to do it with passion and keep at it until all our arrows are gone.[BOOK] As long as there is life, we have a mission and purpose to complete. We want life to run out of days, not our days to run out of life. Yes, aging brings limitations and challenges to a mortal body. However, we can, in Christ, still find purpose in our mission despite our wrestling matches with mortality and decay. Paul said it powerfully:

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal (2 Corinthians 4:16-18).

I am thankful for the many blessings God has lavished on me. One of the greatest blessings is that I have a mission to complete for God. I am confident that I will complete it and finish strong. How about you? Don’t you want to join Jesus and Paul in saying: “I finished the race!”

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