Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. 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 12:23-26 (NIV)
Whenever, Wherever, Whatever
Will you be attentive to me? Will you listen to my voice? Will you keep your eyes on me? Will you follow me to where I lead you? Will you go wherever I guide you? Will you do whatever I ask of you? Will you serve me? Yes Lord, I will serve you. I will listen to your voice. I will keep my eyes on you. I will follow you to wherever you lead me to do whatever you ask of me. That will be very good.
Why are you willing to lay down your life to follow and serve me? You are my example. I will do what you did. Just like you laid down your life for others so I will also lay my life down for you. I will no longer live for myself. I will no longer love the life that I lived for my own comfort and pleasure. I will not live for all that this world offers. I will not love money. I will not store up possessions in this life. My treasure will not be on this earth where it will rust and decay and disappear. My treasure will be in heaven with you. It will be my pleasure and joy to go and do what is pleasing to you. That will be very good.
What is pleasing to me? It will be pleasing for you to see me joining you in the work you are doing. That’s right. How will you do that? I will be attentive to you. I will keep my eyes and ears open. I will watch for your activity. I will listen for you call. I will be ready at a moment’s notice to say “yes” to whenever you ask something of me. I will be ready to go wherever you guide me. Nothing will deter me from going near, far, or somewhere in between to serve you. I will do whatever you ask of me. Nothing will be too simple and easy or difficult and complex to hinder my desire to serve you. That will be very good.
What kind of effort will you give in serving me? I will invest my life completely in serving you. I will lose myself fully in going and doing your will. I will find myself in bearing fruit for your kingdom and bringing glory to your name. I will not live for the praise and applause of this world. I will look forward to the day when I will be rewarded by you for faithfully serving you in this life. That will be very good.
Lord, I will be attentive to you. I will listen for your directions. I will follow your guidance. I will keep my eyes on you. When you say, “go” I will go. I will follow you to where you lead me to do whatever you ask of me. Help me to bear fruit for your kingdom. Amen
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