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10th April 2024


Follow Me

Follow Me was & is the call of Jesus to His disciples (Matthew 4:19 & 9:9).
The promise was that those who belonged to Him – His sheep – would hear His voice (John 10:27).
Hearing Jesus’ voice enables us to follow after Him, walking in His footsteps.
One of the ways we do that is by following Jesus’ example. This will be our theme & focus for today.


Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it. Luke 9:23-24 NKJV


Following Jesus is the path of self-denial, daily discipline & devotion.
We must come to the cross each day to follow Christ recognising our total need of Him.
It is the way of surrender & sacrifice & also the path of service. Service to God & service to others.
As we surrender to Christ & His ways we lose our lives but gain His.
We gain & benefit far more than we ever lose or give up!! It is a great exchange. SELAH

To follow Christ is to embrace a life of sacrificial love & service.
This means denying self to put God & others before our own needs & desires.
This is the way of Christ who came to serve & to give His life as a ransom (sacrifice) for many (Mark 10:45).
As we identify with Christ in this earthly life He will identify with us in the age to come (Luke 9:26-27).
As we live for Christ we get to experience His presence alongside the power of his Kingdom. So, so good. SELAH
There is power to be found in a surrendered, submitted life unto Christ.

Taking up our cross daily means living each day for Christ & God’s purposes rather than our own.
As we give up & surrender our lives to Jesus we discover more & more of our true selves & what it is to truly live.
Following Christ means His presence & kingdom power will break in, & through, our lives in a fount of blessing to this world.
We discover life & life in all its fulness & abundance (John 10:10). We die to self so that we can live for God!!
If you are going to follow anyone, then follow Jesus & walk the path of sacrificial love & service!! SELAH
Take up your cross DAILY to follow Jesus.

For Reflection

  • In what ways am I submitting & surrendering as a follower of Jesus?
  • What still needs to bow the knee or die in me?
  • Meditate upon Jesus’ call to self-denial & sacrificial love.

A song related to this theme:


Prayer

Heavenly Father,
Thank you for the sacrificial love & salvation you made available in Christ,
That through Your great love & grace You have saved me.
Jesus, thank you that You surrendered all to the Father’s will,
Help me & give me strength to do the same.
Holy Spirit keep me humbly coming to the cross each day,
And draw me ever deeper into a surrendered life unto Christ.
This I ask in the mighty Name of Jesus.
Amen

Written by Gareth Jones

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