“Are ye able,” said the Master, “to be crucified with Me?”
“Yea,” the sturdy dreamers answered, “to the death we follow Thee.”
This was a favorite hymn of mine growing up in my small, south Texas hometown, where as teenagers we moved across denominational lines of Presbyterian, Baptist, and Methodist based on the donuts served at revivals. At the time, I had no better clue than Jesus’ own disciples what it meant to be able to follow him regardless of the consequences, but like those close to Jesus I presumed to believe that I would stand up for him no matter what. At this point in my life, I might be able to hold my ground in the face of adversity, but earlier on, I would have done no better than the disciples who fled when Jesus was arrested or than Peter who denied him three times.
To be a true follower of Jesus is to give up all pretension to the best seat in the house. It is to have the same mind that was in Christ Jesus, as St. Paul wrote to the Philippians, to take on a cloak of humility and obedience, to put others first and serve selflessly in all circumstances.
Prayer: Lord, only through you am I able to give and live and love as you call me to do; continue to be with me in my desire to follow you, and to make your presence known to others. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Marty Ramey,
Pastor of Advent Lutheran Church in Kings Mountain, NC.