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April 8, 2019, 6:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Do You See What is about to be Fulfilled? 1


Do You See What is about to be Fulfilled?

 

Luke 18:28-31

And Peter said, “See, we have left our homes and followed you.” And he said to them, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, who will not receive many times more in this time, and in the age to come eternal life.”

 

And taking the twelve, he said to them, “See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written about the Son of Man by the prophets will be accomplished.

 

Thought for Today

On Friday I ended by encouraging you to rejoice in Jesus’ words about the great reward that is ours. However, Jesus doesn’t want us to be confused about the reason for the blessings we receive when we sacrifice to follow Him. We, like His first disciples, too easily to fall into the trap of thinking God owes us for our sacrifices. The greater the sacrifice the more He owes us. We are competitive people and would quickly turn it into a measuring stick by which we determine who is the greatest, defined as most sacrificial. In verses 30-31 Jesus reminds us that our reward is not a result of our sacrifice but His. He is going to Jerusalem to suffer and die for us. His sacrifice will put ours to shame. The blessings of God flow from His cross to our undeserving lives. Our sacrifices are simply evidence that we have genuine faith in Jesus. What we are willing to give up in order to follow Him shows the depth of our love. Our love is a mark of our faith. Our faith receives the gifts of grace and favor won by Jesus at His cross. Which leads us gloriously back to the need to worship and praise Him for all the good things in this life and for the life to come.

 

Prayer

Thank You, Lord Jesus, for Your sacrifice for me, though I don’t deserve it I am eternally grateful for it. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

Jesus made the final sacrifice for all, and we need not make it again. — Stanley Hauerwas

 

Quote of the Day

Find a purpose to serve, not a lifestyle to live. ― Criss Jami



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04-08-2019 at 8:49 AM
Erica Ciro
Dear Heavenly Father, Help us to desire You more than the things You can give us. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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April 5, 2019, 6:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Do You See What I See--The High Calling of Discipleship 5


The High Calling of Discipleship

 

Luke 18:28-30

And Peter said, “See, we have left our homes and followed you.” And he said to them, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, who will not receive many times more in this time, and in the age to come eternal life.”

 

Thought for Today

Jesus has shared many challenging things with us in the past few weeks. The high calling of discipleship can become very taxing if it is all we hear. However, Jesus does express to His disciples the high reward of discipleship. After hearing Jesus’ challenge to the rich young ruler they become concerned that they may not have done enough to win God’s favor. Jesus tells them something surprising. He tells them that God is keeping score. He is not keeping score of your sins, faults or failures. He is keeping track of your sacrifices. God understands the cost of following His Son. He knows that we will be called to leave some comfortable things behind. We may have to leave some relationships behind to follow Jesus. It is wonderful to know that God not only notices but tells us that repays us for our sacrifices many times over. He repays as He meets the needs of this life. He repays us as He sends unexpected blessing, healings, compassion and grace. He repays us with the reward of everlasting life in His eternal kingdom. What is most amazing is that, while our sacrifices seem great to us at the time, they are a pittance compared to God’s grace and care. He sees every small sacrifice as a great act of faithful service and rewards it well beyond what we think they are worth. So as you worship God this weekend, rejoice. For great is your reward!

 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, I thank You for noticing all of the things I do for You. Though they don’t amount to much in my eyes, I rejoice knowing that they are of great worth to You. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

The best use of life is love. The best expression of love is time. The best time to love is now. ― Rick Warren

 

Quote of the Day

Sacrifice is a part of life. It's supposed to be. It's not something to regret. It's something to aspire to. ― Mitch Albom

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April 4, 2019, 6:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Do You See What I See--The High Calling of Discipleship 4


The High Calling of Discipleship

 

Luke 18:22

When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “One thing you still lack. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”

 

Thought for Today

The first prescription Jesus gave on how to inherit eternal life was to give up anything you have placed before God and put all your trust in Him. The second was to follow Jesus. What would the rich young man see if he were to follow Jesus for just that one week? Why he would see all of Lent playout before his very eyes. He would go with the disciples to the upper room and have Jesus wash his feet. He would see Jesus break the bread, declaring it His body broken, and taste the first cup of Jesus very blood in with and under the wine. He would pray in the garden of Gethsemane and see Judas lips offer the betraying kiss. He might have stood with Peter outside the trial as the rooster crowed and been stunned to hear the crowd cry out, “Crucify Him! Crucify Him!” He would have shuttered when the hammer struck the nail and stared in wonder as the noonday sky turned black. He could have heard Jesus’ strangled cry, “It is finished!” and watched His body sag lifelessly on the cross. He would have marveled on Sunday morning to hear the women say His body was gone but they saw an angel declare, “He is not here. He has risen.” How much money do you think that rich young man would have given to experience all this? What would you give? Jesus says to you, “Come, follow me.” Are you willing to miss what happens next for the sake of your comfortable life? It promises to be amazing!

 

Prayer

Lord, it is always difficult to trade the comfort of today for the hope of tomorrow. Give me courage to give up everything you ask me to and follow you on the greatest adventure of my life. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

Every generation has to ask difficult questions about what does it mean to follow Jesus. — Rob Bell
 

 

Quote of the Day

I would rather be an artist than a leader. Ironically, a leader has to follow the rules. ― Criss Jami

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