To Follow Jesus
My notes on Every Day with Jesus, written by Selwyn Hughes; revised and updated by Mick Brooks, published by CWR.
January/February 2016 Issue – Alive, ‘… because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ’ Ephesians 2:4-5
The text set for today’s reading and meditation:
Proverbs 20:1-12 (NIVUK): “Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise.
A king’s wrath strikes terror like the roar of a lion; those who anger him forfeit their lives.
It is to one’s honour to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel.
Sluggards do not plough in season; so at harvest time they look but find nothing.
The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters, but one who has insight draws them out.
Many claim to have unfailing love, but a faithful person who can find?
The righteous lead blameless lives; blessed are their children after them.
When a king sits on his throne to judge, he winnows out all evil with his eyes.
Who can say, ‘I have kept my heart pure; I am clean and without sin’?
Differing weights and differing measures – the Lord detests them both.
Even small children are known by their actions, so is their conduct really pure and upright?
Ears that hear and eyes that see – the Lord has made them both.”
In today’s study, Selwyn brings together his discussion of the past week or so.
He starts by saying: “God has designed us with five clear and distinct areas of functioning. We are physical beings, longing beings, thinking beings, choosing beings and feeling beings. The deepest longing of our soul (often unconsciously) is for a relationship with the God who made us. He and He alone, can provide us with love (security), value (self-worth) and purpose (significance) – all of which are essential if the soul is to thrive. … What is clear is that unless we function according to God’s original design we do not have a hope of thriving spiritually.”
Over the remaining days, Selwyn will talk about how we can return to the original design.
One aspect that we can think about is the way we can strengthen our relationship with God once we have taken that important first step of surrendering our life to Jesus. Jesus tells us in John’s Gospel that if we love Him, we will try to follow His commandments and teaching. Perhaps a good first step is to examine our lives to see if in all areas of our daily life that we are fully following Jesus’ teaching.
What are your thoughts?