Monday 1st of July

“The Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.”

Matthew 8:18-22

Following Jesus may mean that we sacrifice things the world around us seems to enjoy. Whether it be certain media content, recreational activities, ways of speaking, certain rights, relationships, or social credibility. Following Jesus challenges the comforts of a materialistic lifestyle. It challenges the comfort of family, vocation, and personal autonomy. In many parts of the world, following Jesus means giving up the comfort of employment, family safety, and even life itself.

As followers of Jesus living in a world of people who are not all humble, there are going to be moments of potential sacrifice where we must chose faithfulness to our Saviour over the promises of worldly comfort. We can expect that. It’s been said that between expectation and reality, lives disappointment. Well, when it comes to discipleship, Jesus doesn’t want us disappointed. He wants our expectations and reality to align. How many times do we put our own agendas before God’s? What holds us back from following Jesus wholeheartedly? It is easy to make a list of all of the things that we need to do. Do we put prayer on the top of the list?

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