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12th April 2024


Follow Me

Follow Me is the call & command of Christ to His disciples.
As we saw yesterday to follow Jesus means to implement His teaching & obey His instructions & commands (John 14:15; Luke 6:46).
There is a cost to this discipleship journey & it requires constant commitment. Jesus must come first (Matthew 8:19-22).
To make that happen we need to be wholehearted as we follow Jesus. Jesus wants us ALL IN for Him.
This will be our theme & focus for today.


“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. Matthew 6:24 NKJV


Jesus knew that we would face challenges to our devotion to Him & our commitment to keep following Him.
There are fleshly, worldly & spiritual forces arrayed against our desire to follow Christ.
As so often in the Christian life it all boils down to what happening & taking shape in our hearts.
Our loyalty will be both challenged & tested. Only the wholehearted will survive. SELAH
The power of Mammon & the lure of wealth are 2 of the biggest obstacles we must overcome as we seek to keep following Christ.
We must have one Master – The Lord Jesus Christ – & our hearts must stay loyal & faithful to him.

Jesus gave everything to secure our salvation & He asks us to give our all in following Him.
This requires a determined focus, ongoing commitment & a wholehearted pursuit.
It means getting our priorities rightly ordered & putting the Lord above & beyond all else
We need an undivided heart (Psalm 86:11) to withstand the many temptations & distractions of the world the flesh & the devil.
This necessitates a determination in the will & a singleness of heart. Loyalty mingled with love. SELAH

Always seek to put your whole heart into God’s work. Don’t become a half-hearted Christian.
Keep following Christ without any secrecy & without any shame (Luke 9:26).
Don’t give in to the lure of human nature to be spiritually lazy & the myriad of worldly distractions that constantly avail you.
Set your mind and your will to fully obey God with all your heart. Be a disciple who makes disciples of others.
Be fully committed & totally devoted & be ready & willing to pay the daily cost. SELAH
You have decided to follow Jesus so REMEMBER there is no turning back!! Be a CALEB for Jesus – go ALL IN.

For Reflection

  • In what ways has your loyalty & faithfulness to Christ been challenged & tested?
  • How steadfast & focussed on Christ is my heart right now?
  • Meditate upon what it means to wholeheartedly follow the Lord.

A song related to this theme:


Prayer

Heavenly Father,
Thank you that you are Lord of all, & that You are my Lord,
That in Your great love & grace You have ransomed, healed, restored & saved me.
Jesus, thank you that You gave everything for my salvation, & that You are giving everything for my sanctification,
Help me & give me daily strength to more & more fully keep going ALL IN for You.
Holy Spirit keep me focussed on & loyal unto Jesus,
Give me wisdom & discernment to have singleness of heart in my daily pursuit of Christ.
This I ask in the mighty Name of Jesus.
Amen

Written by Gareth Jones

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