JANUARY 7, 2023 / DAY #6
Luke 9:23b …If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.
“Working for God is always sweet. Let me carry the cross always, sweet. Come on, work for God. It’s enjoyable. Called by God, always sweet. Surrender to God’s fields, brethren. Being with God is always sweet. Sweet, Sweet, follow God, always sweet.” Such are the lyrics of the song “Work for God Always Sweet,” sung by Yehuda Singers. However, though the song repeatedly emphasizes the sweetness of following God and working for Him, how many of God’s children, following His call, are faced with a far-from-sweet reality? Yes, following God is not always easy. There is a high price to pay. There is a test to be taken. There is a process that we have to go through. Not to mention friction with fellow children of God, problems that arise, or mental fatigue that could hit. Sometimes we feel so squeezed that we feel like giving up.
That’s why we need to know precisely what it means to follow Jesus. As a follower, it is only natural for us to do what the Person we follow does. Thus, we need to pay attention to what God has done, what He thinks, and what is pleasing to His heart. God has also provided a means to reveal all that to us, namely His written word. When we continue to read God’s words, we will know God more and more, and His truth illuminates our hearts so that day by day, our steps will be on the right and proper path.
Yes, following Jesus means walking with Jesus, following every order, direction, and principle that He does. Even though there are many challenges and we must carry the cross daily, God’s way is always the best. Maybe God’s ways are not easy for us to understand, but when we continue to follow Him and reach our destination, our joy will be complete. Then, we will also see how sweet it is to follow Jesus.
FOLLOWING GOD means being on the RIGHT PATH as a DISCIPLE of Christ.
1. In living your daily life, do you walk according to your own will and understanding or God’s?
2. What would you do to be able to follow the Lord Jesus?
3. How do you experience and feel when you earnestly follow God’s way?
“Lord Jesus, thank You for Your grace in our lives. We long to continue to be able to follow You in earnest. Lead us with Your Holy Spirit, O Lord, so we are always on the path according to Your will. In the name of the Lord Jesus, we pray. Amen.”
YEARLY BIBLE READINGS
2 Chronicles 15-16