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Deuteronomy 21:1-23:20; Luke 9:51-10:12; Psalm 74:1-23; Proverbs 12:11
“As they were going along the road someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no where to lay his head.” 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 their own dead. But as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” 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 9:57-62
Lord, I want to follow you but my to-do list gets so long.
I must. I must. I must.
I should. I should. I should.
Breathless I end the day.
What’s so important, you ask, Lord?
What ranks higher than time in your Word?
Life demands my all–24/7!
“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things that are above, not on things that are on the earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you will appear with him in glory.” Colossians 3:1-4
“Come follow me,” said Christ the Lord,
“All in my way abiding;
Your selfishness throw overboard,
Obey my call and guiding.
Oh bear your crosses, and confide
In my example as your guide.”
Dear Jesus, without your life given for me on the Cross, I would have a very empty life. It could be a busy one, but it would not be filled with the peace that comes from knowing my sins are forgiven; that it has meaning beyond the to-do lists. By your grace and mercy you have given me REAL life–one that will never end. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you! Help me to live this day dedicated to following you by being faithful in all I say and do even when it may not be easy to do so. In your name I pray, Amen.