“FOLLOW AFTER ME!” ~ JESUS
Today’s Reading: Matthew 10
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Key Verse: Matthew 10:38
And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.
One thousand years before the crucifixion of Christ, King David, in Psalm 22, wrote, “They pierced my hands and my feet” (verse 16b). Crucifixion was unknown at that time. Yet at least 10 statements in that Psalm describe the sufferings of our Lord. Likewise, God knew in advance all about your journey bearing the cross. His provision of Grace for you is all you need for today. So whatever sacrifice you are called to make will be worth it. Joy will be yours. Hebrews 12:2 tells you of Jesus, “Who for the joy that was set before Him, endured the cross.” This is your “Journey into JOY!”
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Dear Lord Jesus, I am Your follower. Therefore, I have no alternative but to “Take up my cross.” I do so in obedience to You. Please grant me the grace not only to endure, but to enter into JOY! Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
A response from one of my blog participants was “How can I have a faith like yours?” I don’t claim great faith…childlike faith, yes! I’m convinced that the maximum and the minimum faith is simple OBEDIENCE. Last night and again this morning I made this confession, “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me” (Galatians 2:20). This confession has been my habit for years. I don’t plan to stop as long as I live.
In Christ’s Love and Service,
P.S. Today, with what I believe is a gift of strength from God, I rode my motorcycle from Asheville, North Carolina to Lexington, Kentucky, and the “Sleep Inn” where I’m typing this message. Yesterday it was my joy to stop in Berea, Kentucky, to meet with my sister Elaine, and her husband, Dr. Frank Boudinot. Today’s reading tells us of a time when family members will turn on each other, but in my case, Elaine, as an 18-year-old, took on the challenge of mothering her 12-year-old brother after our mother’s death. My other sister, Willa Hodgins, of Pembroke, Ontario, was home on weekends during that time, as she was teaching school some distance away. With Father’s Day coming this weekend, I think of my Dad who did a great job with me, but I think he leaned on my sisters big time to help with his 12 year-old son. “Berea” is also a city in Greece (see Acts 17:10-12). According to Luke, Bible searchers are “fair-minded,” and they do as you who read this do. They “searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things [Paul’s teachings] were so.” Frank and Elaine do this at home and in the fellowship of a great Baptist Church in Berea, Kentucky, U.S.A.