Friday Devo

Scripture Reading:

Luke 9:23-24
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. 24 If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it.

Commentary from the ESV Study Bible: 

9:23 Come after me means to become a disciple (cf. 14:27) and requires that a disciple: (1) deny himself (not simply denying certain things but denying personal control of one’s life); (2) take up his cross (cf. 14:27; make a commitment that will lead to rejection and possibly even death); and (3) follow me (following the example and teachings of Jesus). In Jesus’ day, “follow me” also meant joining the company of his disciples who traveled in ministry with Jesus around Palestine.
9:24 save his life … lose it. Jesus’ paradoxical statement demands two different senses of the word “life”: whoever lives a self-centered life focused on this present world (i.e., would save his life) will not find eternal life with God (will lose it); whoever gives up his self-centered life of rebellion against God (loses his life) for the sake of Christ and the gospel will find everlasting communion with God (will save it; see v. 38).

Study Questions:

  • We've been talking a lot these past few weeks about giving your all and surrendering everything to Jesus. Being a true Jesus follower is never a half-hearted, ho-hum kind of deal. It's an all-in commitment. How would you describe your relationship with God? How would HE describe it? What needs to change?

  • As this series comes to an end, are you ready to go ALL IN with us? What questions do you have? How has God grown you through this process? 

Pray:

  • That you would fully surrender to Jesus.
  • That God would show you what ALL IN should look like for you.

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