How far must we go in following Jesus?
How far must we go in following Jesus? I need to do whatever it takes. Nothing is more important than the child-like faith in Jesus. Nothing. Not a thing.
Isn’t what Jesus is saying extreme? No, Jesus means it. Nothing can get in the way of honestly following Jesus. We may have to sacrifice a lot to be the servant of Jesus. Jesus challenges us to get rid of anything that gets in the way. This is one of the great themes of Jesus and his manifesto. God is God. Period.
What is the consequence of not taking Jesus seriously? This isn’t pleasant, but Jesus is clear. My lack of sacrifice will lead me to the fire of Hell. I don’t think Jesus is using a metaphor here. Jesus is clear and Jesus is serious. Am I?
Grace is a gift. God gives us grace when we are humble. There is no peace if we are proud and haughty. Humility is the name of the game. Jesus challenges us to be humble. We have some good news.
Jesus wants us to inherit the earth. That was the original plan. King Jesus has restored it for all of us who follow Him.
God’s promises to the meek is good news!
Humility is the name of the game. Jesus challenges me to be humble. I have some good news. Jesus wants me to inherit the earth. That was the original plan. King Jesus has restored it for all of us who follow Him.
- Psalm 37:11 — But the humble will inherit the land and will delight themselves in abundant prosperity.
- Matthew 5:5 — “Blessed are the gentle (meek), for they shall inherit the earth.”
We think we don’t need help. We can do it ourselves. God’s help is not needed. We want to be independent, not dependent. Our pride gets in the way. I know mine does.
We will ask if we don’t have something we want or if we can’t do it ourselves. Otherwise, God tends to be our Genie in a bottle.
That isn’t the way of God. Like David, I need to get my feet back on the trail and follow God’s orders. I must remember God has a plan. I need to focus on what God wants, not what I want.
God has promised so much. His love fills the entire earth. There is no end to it. God is good.
Because you have satisfied me, God, I promise to do everything you say. I beg you from the bottom of my heart: smile, be gracious to me just as you promised.
When I took a long, careful look at your ways, I got my feet back on the trail you blazed. I was up at once, didn’t drag my feet, was quick to follow your orders. The wicked hemmed me in—there was no way out— but not for a minute did I forget your plan for me. I get up in the middle of the night to thank you; your decisions are so right, so true—I can’t wait till morning! I’m a friend and companion of all who fear you, of those committed to living by your rules. Your love, God, fills the earth!
Train me to live by your counsel. | Psalm 119:57-64 (The Message Bible)
May I humble myself and ask.
May I beg for His help.