Daily D – Luke 9:23
Then he said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross daily, and follow me.” (NLT)
“Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat—I am.” (MSG)
Where are you off to today?
My first appointment is for coffee with a man who has special expertise I need to learn. He will have coffee. I might have a healthy smoothie since my coffee intake is a morning luxury enjoyed alongside reading and writing.
My next appointment is with an old friend who has significant wisdom I need to lean into. We are having lunch at one of my favorite Tex-Mex taco shops.
The appointment after that is with a friend from Africa whose wisdom is deep and broad. We will discuss his best next steps.
Our small group meets tonight. We are beginning a new curriculum directly related to the nature of these meetings today.
These meetings are brought to me by Jesus. No one following Jesus does so alone. There are many of us on this path. We learn from one another, serve one another, help one another, and enjoy one another. (Check out how the New Testament uses the words Help and Serve differently where we often think of them as the same.)
Jesus said, “I also tell you this: If two of you agree here on earth concerning anything you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you. For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them,” (Matthew 18:19-20 NLT).
Jesus enriches every conversation. He directs every decision. He empowers our work that extends his kingdom’s rule, reign, and liberty. Yes, true freedom is a matter of freely choosing to stop acting like we are in charge here. True freedom comes when we stop placing our hands on our hips while declaring, “You’re not the boss of me!”
Deciding daily to follow Jesus looks like condemnation to some people. Why in the world would someone allow anyone, Jesus included, to tell them what to do or how to live their lives? Because this is the way of ultimate freedom. There is One, and only One, who truly has a wonderful plan for our lives.
Jesus knows the way we should go. He knows what we need more of and less of. He knows the obstacles ahead and how to overcome them. He knows our best next steps. Why wouldn’t we go with him? Why wouldn’t we allow him to direct our steps down his path?
Where are you off to today? Don’t forget to let Jesus lead.
I will let Jesus lead my life today and every day.
Our Father, I am not in charge here. You are my boss. Please, take the wheel. Direct my steps. I look forward to experiencing you in every conversation and collaboration today. Amen.
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Deuteronomy 8:12-18 When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint rock for you. He fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your ancestors had not known, in order to humble and test you, so that in the end he might cause you to prosper. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm his covenant he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.