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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Jonah 4:2, 3 So he complained to the Lord about it: “Didn’t I say before I left home that you would do this, Lord? That is why I ran away to Tarshish! I knew that you are a merciful and compassionate God, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. You are eager to turn back from destroying people. Just kill me now, Lord! I’d rather be dead than alive if what I predicted will not happen.”
Joel 2:12, 13 That is why the Lord says, “Turn to me now, while there is time. Give me your hearts. Come with fasting, weeping, and mourning. Don’t tear your clothing in your grief, but tear your hearts instead.” Return to the Lord your God, for he is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. He is eager to relent and not punish.”
Hosea 14:8, 9 “O Israel, stay away from idols! I am the one who answers your prayers and cares for you. I am like a tree that is always green; all your fruit comes from me.” Let those who are wise understand these things. Let those with discernment listen carefully. The paths of the Lord are true and right, and righteous people live by walking in them. But in those paths sinners stumble and fall.”