2021_08_13 Insight Post- Emma Keeton
This week's reading- Luke 9
In Luke chapter 9 we see Jesus teaching what it means to be a disciple.
Radical faith, obedience and sacrifice is required.
Jesus tells his disciples to take nothing with them on their first ministry trip to heal the sick, drive out demons and proclaim the kingdom of God. No bag, no food, no money and no extra clothes. This is less than the small bag allowance for carry on during air travel! The disciples are completely reliant on God's provision through those they meet and they literally do not know where their next meal will be coming from. We see this theme again in verse 23 when Jesus tells everyone that whoever wants to be his disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow him. And again in verse 62: “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”
As humans we tend to be pleasure seeking and pain avoidant, so living the Jesus life should make our daily thoughts, habits and actions different from those who are not yet new covenant people. As we inch away from the things of the world that captivate us, we inch towards a life of satisfaction and purpose. When we first become a believer we know God as savior and he invites us to bring our behaviors and attitudes in line with his. It is always our choice, but the more we surrender the more we learn that 'God's intimate love alone satisfies our deepest longings' (Kane 2019).
Jesus says “For whoever wants to save their life will loose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it. What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self?”
You probably know which things of this world have your attention. Take a moment to pray and ask God for his mercy in these areas. Tell him that you want to see an increase of his glory in your life. If you can, pray “Jesus I want to be one of your disciples. Teach me how. In your powerful name.”
Prayer Team Lead
Reference: Kane, N Stages of the Soul, Chicago, Moody Publishers, March 5th 2019