Matthew 8:18–22 (Listen)
18 Now when Jesus saw a crowd around him, he gave orders to go over to the other side. 19 And a scribe came up and said to him, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.” 20 And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” 21 Another of the disciples said to him, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” 22 And Jesus said to him, “Follow me, and leave the dead to bury their own dead.”
Jesus is coming again! This means we cannot live our lives carelessly or aimlessly. Careless living and foolish pleasure pursuits are not God honoring and a waste of our time. Use God’s Word as an opportunity to lift yourself up and motivate yourself to live an obedient life for Christ. We should be faithfully living out God’s calling on our life – with one big purpose to make disciples!
Challenge: Identify one person you care about who has wandered away from engaging in Christian fellowship over the past two years. Pray that in this new year they will re-engage with Jesus and His people. Then, reach out and invite this person (and their family if this applies) to join you for church for the next eight weeks as we focus on what it means to be a follower of Jesus in our “Follow Jesus Together” series.
Reflection: Approach the next eight weeks with an open heart, mind and soul. Ask God to reveal to you the way in which you can grow as a disciple of Christ.