Week One - Day Five
Jesus invites us to follow him for his glory and our good
Luke 5:11 - And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed him.
Romans 8:18 - For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
Acts 20:24 - But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.
It may be easy for us to focus on the difficulty of leaving everything to follow Jesus. However, Jesus is not calling us to a terrible boring life, rather he is inviting us to an amazing journey of ultimate satisfaction in him. C.S. Lewis wrote, “It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”
Paul alluded to the promise of infinite joy when he compared any sufferings that he sustained during his earthly life (and there were many - see 2 Cor 11:16-30) to the glory and joy that is promised to us in Christ. Nothing is more important to Paul than living his life for Christ. The future hope and glory is not something far off; it is beginning even now. As our lives turn to follow Christ, the people around us begin to notice a change. We are doing just what we were made to do. This changed life allows us to invite others to a life of following Christ. As we become more fully convinced that the joy of following Jesus is greater than any other joy to be found in this world, we can share that joy with others.
• This very day, what will it mean to pursue the “infinite joy” offered by Jesus?
• Record your responses in your journal or note taking app.
• Take time in prayer to give thanks for the privilege of following Jesus’ revelations and guidance.
• Share about God’s goodness with someone in your family or Discipleship Group