When we are called to follow Jesus, we are called to leave behind all things that hinder us on our mission. We can not be labored down with trite trappings that bring momentary, false happiness. We are to cling to the joy of the Lord, his hope, his promises, and most of all, his command to love each other. “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” (Mark 10:25) How profound a warning that is. We can not be labored by anything that will not allow us to complete the task at hand: to go into the entire world, “baptizing in the name of the Father, and of the the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” (Matt 28:19)
If others see us cumbered by a load of care for other things rather than God’s tasks, the message becomes very clear: God is not first, but second or third. He did not send his Son into the world to die a sinner’s death on the cross, but to be a trapping for humanity that is brought out on special occasions to be talked about. No, we are to be visual representations of Christ, pointing to the cross daily!
Prayer: Gracious God of wonder and power, create in us a heart that is set totally on you. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Seminarian Joshua Morgan,
Vicar at Mayer Memorial Lutheran Church in Newberry, SC.