Another Monday has dared to show itself...
I typically enjoy the start of a new week, but this morning I'm fighting off a bad cold that wants to turn to strep...I can feel it coming on. So I'm downing Vitamin C and Vitamin B Complex to keep those nasty germs from making a home in my body. Coffee helps too.
The Sunday School class I teach has been in the book of John for eighteen months and we are only half way through the book. We did take the summer off but still...long time to be in one book of the Bible, or is it?
Yesterday gave me a glimpse as to why we are still plodding through this great book about Jesus lover of our souls who wants to teach us how to follow him...radically.
The two verses we camped on was John 12:25-26
The one who loves his life will lose it, and the one who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. If anyone serves Me, he must follow Me. Where I am, there My servant also will be. If anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him.
Huh? lose my life? hate this world?
Discussion among the women around the table was lively as we discussed what it means to follow Jesus to the cross. These verses are in the context of Jesus looking ahead to his arrest, trial and crucifixion.
Following Jesus requires walking in the shadow of the cross, not one time at the point of salvation, but every single day.
- What do I delight in?
- Do I delight in this life more than I delight in God?
- Am I selfless, self-sacrificing, making more of God than anything else?
Practically, what does walking in the shadow of the cross mean for me everyday? I know what it means for me and will look different for each one of us. But am I a radical follower of Jesus? Can the beauty of Jesus be seen when I sit in my house, when I walk along the road, when I lie down and when I get up? (Deuteronomy 6:6-7)
I truly want to be radical, obsessed with Jesus. If I die today I want it said at my funeral I loved Jesus most of all, that around town I was known as a woman of noble character.(Ruth 3:11) May that be true of all us who have decided to follow Jesus...radically.
Good riddance Monday morning blahhhhhhhhhs!