FOLLOWING JESUS is courageous, risky, adventurous, and thoroughly disruptive. Following Jesus is an act of trust-filled surrender to the discipline of love that ultimately frees us for a life of abundant mercy.
Jesus warned and promised his first apprentices, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will save it” (Luke 9:23-24).
Following Jesus is demanding, no question. Following Jesus into the world and loving the world with God will stress and stretch us. But it will also bring us unexpected and inexplicable joy.
– Rebecca Dwight Bruff
Loving the World with God
From pages 54-55 of Loving the World with God by Rebecca Dwight Bruff. Copyright © 2014 by Rebecca Dwight Bruff. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
When have you experienced unexpected joy in Jesus? Share your thoughts.
After saying this Jesus was troubled in spirit, and declared, “Very truly, I tell you, one of you will betray me.”
John 13:21, NRSV
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This week we remember: Margaret Clitherow (March 25).
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