Foxes and Birds—Day 4

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Foxes and Birds—Day 4 Matthew 8: 20 “The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head” Today let us begin our devotional by meditating on this thought: Nothing has done more harm to Christianity than half-hearted followers. The church is often quick and excited to embrace those who say they want to be part of us.  However, how much damage has been done attempting to run a race or do ministry with others who are lacking in their commitment to the faith? Jesus wants followers who understand the cost of discipleship and wholeheartedly undertake genuine devotion to Him. If the Lord was not quick to embrace those who seemed eager to follow Him, why are we so hasty to embrace and refuse to challenge others’ desire to follow Him? Jesus’ response to the scribe was to test his motive.  “Teacher, I will follow You wherever You...

Foxes and Birds—Day 3

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Foxes and Birds—Day 3 Matthew 8: 20 “The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” As we continue meditating on this devotional passage, let us consider this: To follow Jesus does not mean a leisurely involvement with ministry absent from hardship. To follow Jesus means forfeiting securities and comforts that are basic even for creatures such as foxes and birds. Where have we felt the Holy Spirit prodding us to go, but we refused because it would bring discomfort?  Have we rejected an assignment because it would interfere with our security? Jesus said, “He had no place to lay his head.” In this particular passage, “Laying the head” here stands for owning a place where one might find rest.  Foxes have a place to rest, birds have a place to rest, but Jesus has no place to rest. Think about...

Foxes and Birds—Day 2

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Foxes and Birds—Day 2 Matthew 8: 20 “The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” As Jesus and the twelve disciples are preparing to cross to the east side of the Sea of Galilee, two men express their desire to follow them across the lake.  Although eager to go with Jesus, the Lord makes sure the men understand there is a cost to following him. As we meditate on this passage, it is good for believers to re-evaluate why we are following Christ and whether we considered the cost. Jesus was on a mission, and that same mission requires the same level of commitment from us as followers today. The scribe said in verse 19, “Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go.” The Greek word follow here is akŏlŏuthĕō, ak-ol-oo-theh´-o’; the word means a literal walking with someone physically.  The scribe...

Foxes and Birds

By on Dec 11, 2017 in Foxes and Birds | 0 comments

Foxes and Birds Matthew 8: 20 We begin this week’s devotional looking at a challenge that all professing believers must consider. The challenge for consideration is how far do we follow Jesus? We know it is often said that anyone can follow Christ when life is going well; but, how well do we follow him when life becomes challenging? Are we willing to pay whatever the price to follow Jesus? Are we okay with forfeiting all of the comforts and amenities that make life enjoyable so that we can go with him? Often many attempt to go with Christ while maintaining the present social status or business as usual.  The truth is, to go with Christ changes everything for us. Are we willing to allow our lives to be challenged? Last winter, the church was hosting a lock-in for both the men and young men.  My sons were all excited at the thought of sleeping at the church, playing games with...

Dragged Away—Day 5

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Dragged Away—Day 5 James 1: 13-15 “Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death.”  As we come to the conclusion of another weekly devotional series, we meditate on the progressive state of desire if it is not addressed. James writes that after desire conceives it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it reaches maturity gives birth to death. If we leave our evil desires unchecked the consequences are severe. James Hughes writes, “There are two births here. First, evil desire gives birth to sin. And second, sin gives birth to death … The idea is that sin grows rapidly, just as an embryo grows to maturity, and when it is full-grown, the state of pregnancy must end. But the horror here is, sin does not give birth to life, as would normally be expected, but to death.” I recall when my wife was pregnant with our...