Ginrich's Devotional Blog

March 21, 2012


Filed under: Bible,Christ,God's Word,Jesus,Lent — by ginrich @ 1:52 am
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Luke14:27 And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

We are a people of convenience. We want what we want when we want it the way we want it. We don’t like to have our scheduled plans interrupted. We want an easy, peaceful life. Jesus expects us to carry a cross when following Him. That does not mean we are to tote a big, wooden cross around or even that we need to wear a cross around our neck. What it means is we are to be willing to be different from the world. We are to be willing to speak and act differently. We are to be imitators of the way Christ Jesus walked on this earth. We will find many times that is not the way of convenience. As Jesus was walking the last time to Jerusalem He had multitudes of interruptions on the way. He did not waver from His destination but was mindful of all the needs as He went. I’m guilty of having blinders on when I must go shopping. Shopping is on my least favorite list of to-do things. When I’m in a store I tend to have eyes on what I need to get so I can get out of there. I fail to notice even the closest of friends. It is good to know our goals but not at the expense of ignoring the walk to them. The times I’m more observant around me I’ve been blessed by being able to stand in the middle of a store holding someone’s hand and pray for them. In the United States we are usually not physically assaulted for our attempts to walk as Jesus did. In other countries believers are being assaulted or killed. Yet, we resist the cross of inconvenience. Our question today is, are we willing to be more observant to what and who is around us as we walk to our scheduled goals?

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