Keep-It-Simple Devo (Wk4/Day4)

EXPERIENCE GOD IN SCRIPTURE

Luke 9:59-62—[Jesus] said to another person, “Come, follow Me.” The man agreed, but he said, “Lord, first let me return home and bury my father.” 60 But Jesus told him, “Let the spiritually dead bury their own dead! Your duty is to go and preach about the Kingdom of God.” 61 Another said, “Yes, Lord, I will follow You, but first let me say good-bye to my family.” 62 But Jesus told him, “Anyone who puts a hand to the plow and then looks back is not fit for the Kingdom of God.” (NLT)

CONSIDER

There are a lot of distractions that pop up that cause us to delay how intense we allow our relationship to Jesus become. Some of these “interruptions” don’t seem like interruptions. Frankly, they’re life-sized events (like Jesus’ example of a funeral for your father). But Christ explains that patterns of always starting, stopping, starting and then stopping again usually result in more stilts and stops than starts. You see, for those of Hesitant Faith, funerals aren’t the only thing that causes delays.

What is in a holding pattern regarding something Jesus tried to start in you?

PRAY

Jesus, we’re more like the hesitant people in this story than servants who give immediate obedience to following each thing You tell us to do. Elsewhere in Scripture, You tell us that Your ‘yoke is easy’ and your ‘burden is light,’ but it doesn’t mean I can be careless in taking the “yoke” of Your discipleship on my shoulders. Following You, Father, is how my life is defined and measured. Help me to respond with immediacy to Your work in me and to keep my hand on the plow. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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