Foxes and Birds—Day 3

By on Jan 16, 2019 in Foxes and Birds | 0 comments

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

By on Jan 15, 2019 in Foxes and Birds | 0 comments

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 Jan 14, 2019 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...

Go Get A Life–Day 5

By on Jan 11, 2019 in Go Get A Life | 0 comments

Go Get A Life-Day 5 Psalm 127   “Behold, children are a gift of the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward.  Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth.  How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them; they will not be ashamed when they speak with their enemies in the gate.”   As we come to the conclusion of this week’s devotional series, we focus on the second half of Psalms 127. These verses 3-5 seem to be disconnected from the first half of the Psalms. The psalmist does an excellent job of informing us, all we do is vain without the Lord. The writer does not give us a pass to be lazy. We are called to live as responsible adults who rely on God for everything. Now, the writer talks about children being a gift from God. To the ancient Israelites, a large family was considered a blessing from God and children were “Like...

Go Get A Life—Day 4

By on Jan 10, 2019 in Go Get A Life | 0 comments

Go Get A Life—Day 4 Psalms 127 “For He gives to his beloved even in his sleep.” I have been blessed to witness the birth of five beautiful children. One of my fondest memories about my children is watching them as infants sleeping on my chest—that was some good sleep. To this day, although too big to sleep on my chest, I am still watching over each of my children while they sleep at night. Every night when they go to bed, they are not aware of what is going on around them.  As a matter of fact, they just fall asleep without a care in the world. Fall asleep without checking the doors to make sure they are locked. They go to sleep not asking will there be food in the morning, or how will we make it through tomorrow. The children go to sleep. And while they are sleeping, I visit their rooms to make sure they are sleeping well. Many nights while the children are sleeping, I go to the store...