It was the summer of 2010 when I put my summer reading aside and began an in-depth study of Psalm 119. I studied to know God...love God more.
Out of that study came twenty or so devotions I wrote.
Blue Letter Bible
defines cling or cleave as to
cling, stick, stay close, cleave, keep close, stick to, stick with, follow closely, join to, overtake, catch
Dust bunnies came to mind as I read verse 25. I recently did a thorough cleaning of a bedroom and guess what I found. A monster keeping dust bunnies at bay.
No disrespect meant to the Word of God but it is a picture for me as to what I should be clinging to that gives me life...it isn't dust bunnies but God's testimonies. vss. 25 & 31
- Do I stick, stay close, cleave to the Word of God?
- Do I believe the Word of God gives life? v. 25
A theme throughout Psalm 119 is the seeking of God and His Word in the darkest of nights. Especially in grief, when I cannot climb out of the abyss, will I cling to the promises of God that He is in the abyss with me? v. 28
- Will I choose the way of faithfulness, clinging to the testimonies of God?
- Will I run in the way of God's commandments so I may understand the Truth? 1 Kings 4:29
The way of faithfulness and keeping God's commands is a choice. Today's choice is clinging to the dust where monsters and dust bunnies roam or sticking to the Word of God which gives me life.
Will I cling to God's decrees?
I read Follow Me David Platt twice last year. This is the review. Will be pulling it off my shelf to read again in 2014. It may become one I read every year.
Before I read The Insanity of God
and Follow Me
I was thinking about the men Jesus called to follow Him. Both of these books target the idea of radically following Jesus and making disciples. I hope to write reviews for both of them soon.
As he was walking along the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon, who was called Peter, and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the sea, (their jobs) since they were fishermen. "Follow Me," He told them, " and I will make you fish for people." Immediately they left their nets and followed Him. Matthew 4:18-22
Same for two brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and his brother John. They were in the boat with their father, working and Jesus calls them to follow Him. Their response was also immediate. They left their job and their dad in the boat.
Scripture does not elaborate on whether the disciples were married, had children or much else about their personal life. What strikes me is that they followed Jesus without question. Their response was immediate, no questions asked, leaving everything behind.
As He passed by, He saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting in the tax booth, and He said to him, "Follow Me!" And he got up and followed Him. Mark 2:15
After that He went out and noticed a tax collector named Levi sitting in the tax booth, and He said to him, "Follow Me." And he left everything behind, and got up and began to follow Him. Luke 5:27-28
Matthew 10:24-42 gives us the meaning of discipleship. Verses 37-39 gives tells us in black and white what it means to follow Jesus:
He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who has found his life will lose it, and he who has lost his life for My sake will find it.
Can I say radical? Jesus is not minimizing our family relationships, but if we put any of these people or relationships before following Jesus, we will not be worthy of Him.
The disciples did not ask?
- Will it be safe?
- How long will we be gone?
- Will following You keep me close to my family? James and John left their father in the boat.
- How much does it pay? It cost them their lives.
- Is it a 9 to 5 job?
- What sacrifices will I make?
- Will following you make sense to others?
Following Jesus...will you count the cost?
It is no sacrifice. It is rather a privilege. Anxiety, sickness, suffering, or danger, now and then, with a foregoing of the common conveniences and charities of this life, may make us pause, and cause the spirit to waver, and the soul to sink; but let this only be for a moment. All these are nothing when compared with the glory which shall be revealed in and for us. I never made a sacrifice --David Livingstone