The Grasshopper Mentality

By on Jan 21, 2019 in The Grasshopper Mentality |

The Grasshopper Mentality Numbers 13: 25-33 We begin this week’s devotional series looking at a familiar incident that allows us to see the consequences of not seeing ourselves the way God sees us. God is often calling us to accomplish a task that appears to be overwhelming and impossible to perform in our strength. However, it is important for us to remember that whatever we are called to do, no matter how difficult, the Lord never leaves us alone to figure things out on our own. Why the difficulty in submitting to what His plans are? Question: Why do we allow our fears to get the best of us? In our devotional passage, the spies were afraid. Not only did their fears get the best of them, but their fears spilled over among the rest of the people. Their fears, however, were unwarranted because God had already secured victory over the awaiting challenge. Think about that for a...

Foxes and Birds—Day 5

By on Jan 18, 2019 in Foxes and Birds |

Foxes and Birds—Day 5 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 conclude this week’s devotional series, let us meditate on the One who put forth the challenge—The Son of Man. Jesus, the Son of Man, heaven’s perfect man and the only one who could fulfill God’s redemptive plan for humanity.  This Man had no place to lay his head. The Man, who came on a mission that was clinched at Calvary because He remained faithful to the mission in spite of the cost? That Man had no place to lay his head. The Son of Man, the one who left his throne in glory to experience first-hand our pain and grief, that Man had no place to lay his head. Isn’t it something that the One we claim to follow lived His earthly life with hardness and we insist that our lives be much better and easier than...

Foxes and Birds—Day 4

By on Jan 17, 2019 in Foxes and Birds |

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

By on Jan 16, 2019 in Foxes and Birds |

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 |

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...