Daily D – Luke 22:39, 54
Luke 22:39 Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him. (NIV)
Luke 22:54 Then seizing him, they led him away and took him into the house of the high priest. Peter followed at a distance. (NIV)
How closely we follow Jesus most often depends on how convenient and safe it is. After Jesus initiated what we call the Lord’s Supper, his disciples followed him to the Mount of Olives. After he was arrested, Peter followed at a distance.
Is this an immediate presence day or an at-a-distance day?
Is this an “Every day with Jesus is sweeter than the day before” day? Or is this a “going got tough, now I gotta get going” day?
Read this chapter and see how Jesus provides everything his disciples needed for what was happening in those moments, including a reminder that where he guides, he provides (verse 35).
Then Jesus asked them, “When I sent you without purse, bag or sandals, did you lack anything?” “Nothing,” they answered.
It is always better to stay close to Jesus.
Peter’s problems began when he placed some distance — physical and relational — between himself and Jesus.
This is also true for you and for me.
Referees in an NFL football game were trying to decide if a team had made a first down. They dragged the chains onto the field to measure. The ball was close, really, really close, to the yard marker. How close? The referee took an index card and tried to slide it between the marker and the ball. That’s pretty close.
That’s about as far away from Jesus as I ever want to get. How about you?
Today is a good day to walk with Jesus. Stick close to him. He’s all you need. The longer you do this, the more you will discover he is also all you want.
I will walk ever-more closely with Jesus.
Our Father, keep me closer than an index card’s distance today and every day. I want to be with you. I want to go with you. I want what you want for me. Amen.
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2 Corinthians 3:17, 18 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
1 Corinthians 10:23, 24 “I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is constructive. No one should seek their own good, but the good of others.