Whoever Serves Me Must Follow Me

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Identity - Whoever Serves Me Must Follow Me - John 12:25-26 - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Identity – Whoever Serves Me Must Follow Me – John 12:25-26 – Growing As Disciples

The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.   John 12:25-26

I’m Calling You Now

What does it mean to lose my life in this world? Am I living for the pleasures of this life? Does all of life revolve around me and what I want? Am I guided by comfort? When have I set aside my will, plans, and desires to serve you, Lord? Those are good questions. Do you have any answers? Right now, I want to sit here and live with these questions. I think it would be a mistake to quickly answer and dismiss them all in my favor. I agree. Then, I feel like I’m on the right track. You are. I also sense a danger here as well. What’s that? I could sacrifice my life in complete service to others and yet not know you. What do you mean? Isn’t it possible to give up my life in service to the wrong purpose, plan, or person? Yes, it is. Tell me more of what you’re thinking. Your call is to give up my life to follow you. It isn’t a call to give up my life to become a serving maniac. As I give up my life to you, the only way I can serve correctly is to live in a close relationship with you. It’s not as if you’ll give me a huge “to do” list and check back with me at the end of my life, I know that. How do you know that? You said, “follow me” and where you are, that’s where I’ll be. Yes, that’s true. How will that be possible and how will that happen? That will only happen as I follow you. I need to wait, watch, and listen for your guidance. Otherwise I will likely go off course and not do what you want me to do and waste a lot of time doing what’s unnecessary. That’s exactly right.

I’m calling you right now. Come follow me. Don’t love the world. Love me. I will guide your life. You will have real joy as you join me in the work I will give you to do. Is this what you want to do? Is this who you want to be? Do you want to be my follower? Do you want to serve me? Yes Lord, I do. Good, then come. I am calling you right now.

Lord, today is the day that I will stop living for myself. The things of this world no longer have me in their grip. My eyes are on you. My ears are attentive to you. I’ve heard your call. I will follow where you lead and do what you ask.  Amen

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Fill You With Knowledge Of His Will

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Wisdom - Colossians 1:9-10 - Fill You With Knowledge Of His Will - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Wisdom – Colossians 1:9-10 – Fill You With Knowledge Of His Will – Growing As Disciples

For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God,  Colossians 1:9-10 (NIV)

Knowing Him

Is it your earnest desire to know me? Yes Lord, it is. At one time you just knew of me. Yes, and you used that little bit of knowledge to draw me to you. Yes, I did. Now, it isn’t enough for you to know of me, is it? No, it is not. Where do you think your desire to know me comes from? This burning desire in me to know you comes from you. It is your Holy Spirit living inside of me that is fanning the flame of my desire for you. Yes, that’s right.

How do you think you will grow to know me more intimately? First of all I know that we are in complete agreement on my desire to know you. What do you mean by that? You want me to know you. You will not hide yourself from me? No, I will not. As I walk with you through life you will continue to help me to know you. Yes, I will. When we talk together about all that I am experiencing in life I will grow to know you more intimately. Yes, you will. When I meet with you in your word, you will show yourself to me. I will come to more clearly understand your will and your ways. Yes, you will. You will help me to live in ways that are worthy of Christ. You will show me what pleases you. Yes, I will. It won’t be enough to know what pleases you. No, it will not. You will give me the power of your Holy Spirit to both know and do your will. Yes, I will. I could never know you or do your will with my own knowledge or strength. I will rely on your Holy Spirit to teach and guide me through life. It pleases me that you know that you cannot know, follow and serve me by your own human efforts.

Is there any other way that you can think of how you will grow to know me more intimately? Yes, there is one. Tell me about it. As I serve you, I will know you more intimately. You will use me to bear fruit for your kingdom and glory. Yes, I will. You will give me tasks that are too large for me to handle on my own. Yes I will, you can count on it. Those God sized assignments will cause me to rely on you for all your help. Yes, they will. That’s a very good thing. Yes, it is. As I rely on you to accomplish your purposes through my life, I will come to know you more intimately. Yes, you will.

Does knowing me, walking in my ways and being used by me sound easy to you? No, it does not. But, I am very thankful that you have given me the desire to know you despite the challenges that lie just ahead. I am ready to follow you wherever you lead me. That’s very good.

Lord, help me to know you. Fill me with the knowledge of your will. Give me spiritual wisdom and understanding. Help me to live a life that is pleasing to you. Bear fruit through my life. I’m praying this prayer for myself and for those you bring into my life. Amen

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