Scripture: Luke 9:18-27
Key verse: (25) What does it profit them if they gain the whole world, but lose or forfeit themselves?
Reflection: What does it mean to follow Christ? Luke makes it clear that discipleship involves sacrifice. Jesus calls for commitment.
The reason we keep asking the question is that we want to follow Jesus with as little inconvenience as possible. We will follow Jesus as long as he goes where we typically go in our everyday life. Let me be clear, Jesus is not following us.
We are invited on a path that brings renewal, offers hope and transformation. Yes, it requires some work but it is rewarding. So how do we do it?
Let’s start practicing our faith — Daily. This is a good time to start a practice of gratitude with your family or friends. Acknowledge God’s gifts in your life — Daily. Tithe. Take on a faith practice like hospitality and bring Halloween costumes for Hope Haven. Practice your faith by remembering to bring monthly items for loaves and fishes — Every month. Following Jesus takes work, so let’s get to it.
Prayer: God, you can and lived among us. Your son Jesus was liberator, Redeemer, Life. I will follow. Amen.
Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].