June 8, 2015

Luke 14_27

Luke 14:25-35

Great crowds accompanied Jesus. They walked with him along the way while he taught and ministered in the power of God his Father. He tells the crowd that they must hate their families and the life they have chosen before they can be his disciples, his followers, learning from him. Just as Jesus will take up the cross, he says, “One must bear his own cross.”

Our cross is not our aches and pains, or the inconveniences and tragedies of life. Our cross is God’s call on our lives. To deny ourselves and hate our families, means we are to give up our own priorities and replace them with God’s priorities for us. We have to give up our dreams for ourselves and yield to God’s plan for our lives. Knowing he will always want the best for us, we also know he will help us love our families more and find joy in our God-given vocations.

Our biggest joy and real life comes in salvation, the gifts and fruit of the Holy Spirit, and our relationship with the Father’s Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Our biggest challenge is to stop believing the devil’s lies and trust God above all else.

Prayer: Lord God, Help us remember how much you love us and how you will lead us into everything good for us for Christ’s sake. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by David Hefner, Pastor of Shiloh Lutheran Church in Hickory, NC.

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One Response to June 8, 2015

  1. Danny Ward says:

    As a missionary, this applies and we have suffered through it with our children. They each want us to spend more time with the grandkids and less time overseas. We know our calling, and we do not feel it is a sacrifice to be in service to our Lord. We both get anxious when we leave from either the U.S. or the Philippines as we leave family behind either way.

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