April 2 Keep Moving

Deuteronomy 21:1-22:30;  Luke 9:51-10:12;  Psalm 74:1-23;  Proverbs 12:11

“When the days drew near from him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem.”  Luke 9:51

Jesus was all focus at this point in His ministry.  He knew he needed to get to Jerusalem.  He knew he needed to reach as many people as possible with news about the Kingdom of God. 

Crowds of people continued to follow him–many had been healed or released from evil spirits by His hand.  Emotions ran high.  Enthusiasm bubbled.

“As they were going along the road someone said to him, ‘I’ll follow you wherever you go.’ And Jesus said, ‘Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.'”  Luke 9:57-58

Keep moving…It won’t be convenient or comfortable.

“To another he said, ‘Follow me.’  But he said, ‘Lord, let me first go and bury my father.’  And Jesus said to him, ‘Leave the dead to bury the dead.  But as for you, go, and proclaim the Kingdom of God.'”   Luke 9:59-60

Keep moving…It will cost you your regular commitments.

“Yet another said, ‘I will follow you, Lord, but let me first say farewell to those at my home.’  Jesus said to him, ‘No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the Kingdom of God.'”  Luke 9:61-62

Keep moving… Time is of the essence.

I want to follow Jesus?  To be His disciple?

Have I counted the cost?

To answer yes, I will remember how God made me His child through the work of His Word and the waters of Baptism.

I will turn my eyes to Jesus–and remember His death and resurrection–and I will keep moving!  I will rely on His grace and mercy to keep me headed in His direction!

Lord God,  to follow you is no easy task.  Forgive me for taking my commitment to you so lightly;  for making other persons and priorities greater than you.  Help me Lord to stay near to you even when the way is tough.  Strengthen me with your Word and Your Spirit.  Help me keep moving–for you.  In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

 

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