December 5, 2022 — Let Him take you by the hand

“The other day,” Stan commented one morning, “I got together with a neighbor and he was telling me about how he had gone full circle with his faith walk.”

“Full circle with his faith walk?” I said. “How so?”

“As he tells it,” Stan replied, “it was just like Peter’s walk on the water.”

“Peter’s walk on the water was like full circle faith?” I said. “In what way?”

“Quick recap,” Stan replied. “Peter and the other guys were in a boat. They saw someone walking on the water who looked like Jesus. Peter said to whatever he saw that it if was Jesus He should tell Peter to come to Him walking on the water.”

“Okay,” I said. “And then Peter got out of the boat and walked towards Jesus, right?”

“That’s right,” Stan replied. “But at one point Peter took his eyes off of Jesus, looked at the stormy waves, and began to sink. That’s what my neighbor said happened to him, except he wasn’t walking on water.”

“What was that all about?” I asked.

“My neighbor said he took his eyes off of Jesus,” Stan said, “and he began to sink. He said that everything in his life began to fall apart. Nothing was going well. And then he came full circle, just like Peter.”

“Full circle?”

“Yeah,” Stan replied, “with the story of Peter it says that when he began to sink, he cried out to Jesus and Jesus took his hand. Again, that’s what happened with my neighbor.”

“He took his eyes off of Jesus, was sinking, cried out to Him, and Jesus took his hand,” I said. Is that it?”

“That’s it,” Stan replied. “And it seems to me that each one of us, if we take our eyes off of Jesus it’s likely we will begin to sink. And the best remedy for that is to cry out to Jesus and let Him take us by the hand. He will help us get rid of that sinking feeling!”

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Bible verses to consider:

And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” And He said, “Come!” And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But seeing the wind, he became afraid, and beginning to sink, he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!” And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” Matthew 14:28-31.

Prayer:  Thank you, Father, for your provision of life with you through the cross of Christ. Thank you I can know that I will spend eternity in your presence when it’s time, as well has having an ever-deepening relationship with you and Jesus while you keep me on this side of eternity. I confess that too often I take my eyes off of you with the result that I begin to sink into the mire of the world, the flesh, and the devil. Please forgive that foolishness. Please help me in always crying out to you so you will take me by the hand and draw me to you. Thank you that I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Think on this: Have you cried out to Jesus in the sense of accepting the finished work of His cross so you know you will spend eternity in God’s presence when it’s time? If no, why have you not done that? If you are a Christian with the assurance of salvation and redemption, have you ever taken your eyes off of God so that you began to sink? If so, what was that all about? Were you able to cry out to God and have Him take you by the hand? Are you as close to God right now as He has available for you? Do you need to cry out to Him and have Him take you by the hand? He will if you ask.

December 3, 2022 — Refilling the Coffee Cup (Week of November 28, 2022)

Stan’s main takeaway for each day this past week.

The full version of each posting can be found at www.waiting4thetrain.com

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Monday, November 28 (Know that God is not done yet) — Being transformed into what God has for us is a life-long process. He will let us know when He’s done!

Tuesday, November 29 (Who/what do you enjoy listening to?) — In Mark’s gospel there’s a statement that a great crowd enjoyed listening to Jesus. Are we in that crowd?

Wednesday, November 30 (Private time with Jesus) — Some of the early disciples would spend time with Jesus in private. That’s a good model for us!

Thursday, December 1 (Call it what it is: disobedience) — Saying we are going to obey God is not the same thing as obeying Him. How are we doing with that?

Friday, December 2 (Worship is to follow coming to faith) — A young man told Jesus that he believed, and then he worshipped Jesus. One is to follow the other. How’s it going?

December 2, 2022 — Worship is to follow coming to faith

“Are you familiar with the expression, ‘Getting all your ducks in a row’?” Stan asked me one morning while we were having breakfast.

“Sure,” I replied. “Having all my stuff organized for the next step. Why do you ask?”

“Well,” Stan said, “I saw something in John’s gospel earlier this morning that reminded me of that expression. And, before you ask, no, John wasn’t writing about ducks!”

“What was He writing about?” I asked.

“How worship is to follow coming to faith,” Stan replied.

“Worship is to follow faith,” I repeated. “What was going on?”

“It’s the story of how Jesus healed a young man who had been blind from the time he was born,” Stan replied.

“Born blind,” I commented. “That’s tough. It was wonderful that Jesus healed him.”

“You’re right about that,” Stan said. “And it’s even more wonderful that the young man came to faith after his encounter with Jesus, along with what came next. It’s the what-came-next part that I think applies to me and is to apply to each person who has come to faith.”

“What’s that?”

“It’s in a single verse,” Stan replied, “that says the young man came to believe in Jesus and then he worshipped Jesus.”

“Oh,” I said, “he came to faith and then he worshipped Jesus.  That’s kind of like getting your ducks in a row in that one is to follow the other. Is that it?”

“That’s it,” Stan replied. ‘Get ‘em in order and keep ‘em that way!”

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Bible verses to consider: 

And he said, “Lord, I believe.” And he worshipped Him. John 9:38.

Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east, and have come to worship Him. Matthew 2:2.

And they came to the house and saw the Child with Mary, His mother; and they fell down and worshipped Him. Matthew 2:11.

But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshippers. John 4:10.

Prayer: Thank you, Father, for you provision of Jesus and His cross as the way to you for eternal redemption and salvation. Thank you for those who brought me to that truth so I could accept it. Thank you, too, that you want me to worship you and Jesus as the next step that’s to follow coming to faith. I confess that too often I do not worship you as you deserve and as you intend. Please forgive the foolish disobedience of not worshipping you as I should. Please help me in following every step of your lead so I do, in fact, worship you exactly and and as fully as you want and deserve. Thank you that I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Think on this: Have you come to faith by accepting God’s provision so you can worship Him as He wants and deserves? If you have not come to faith, why do you want to remain separated from God? If you are a Christian with the assurance of salvation and redemption, how are you doing with worshipping God? If you sense the need for change in your worship, how is that going to happen? Is that what you want? Why or why not?

December 1, 2022 — Call it what it is: Disobedience

One morning while we were waiting for breakfast, Stan said, “You know, Ricky, Cook, and the rest of the staff here do a fabulous job. Good food, great service, everything’s great.”

“It is,” I replied, “but why do you mention that?”

“I was thinking about obedience,” Stan said.

“Obedience?” I replied. “What’s obedience have to do with the staff and having breakfast?”

“Let me give you an example,” Stan said. “Picture this. Can you imagine how long this place would stay in business if, after about 45 minutes or an hour, I ask Ricky when our breakfast is going to be ready.  What if I asked him that and his response was something like, ‘I haven’t put in the order yet, but I will’. How long would this place be in business? How long would Ricky have a job?”

“Probably not very long,” I responded.

“I think you’re right,” Stan said. “Here’s the same question from a different perspective. How deep do you think my relationship with God is going to get if, when He asks ,‘Have you obeyed yet?’ my response is something like, ‘I haven’t yet, but I’m going to do so pretty soon.’?”

“Same sort of answer,” I replied. “Not very deep.”

“Exactly, my friend,” Stan said. “God wants my obedience. Period. Saying that I’m going to obey is not the same thing as obeying.”

Continuing, he added, “The only thing that satisfies God’s desire for my obedience is my obedience.”

“And what do you think gets in the way of a person’s obedience?” I asked.

“I can answer that best,” Stan replied, “by looking at the person I know best, and it’s usually about loving myself more than I love God. Or it’s about loving what I’m doing apart from God more that I love being obedient to what God wants.”

“So,” I said, “it’s all about love? Is that it?”

“Seems to me,” Stan replied, “that’s pretty much what Jesus meant when He said that if I love Him I will obey Him. I think He wants me to recognize and know that saying I will obey Him is not the same thing as obeying Him. He wants me to call that what it is: disobedience!”

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Bible verses to consider:

If you love Me, you will keep my commandments. John 14:15.

He who has My commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves Me; and he who loves Me shall be loved by My Father, and I will love him, and will disclose Myself to him. John 14:21.

Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him, and make Our abode with him. John 14:23.

If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments, and abide in His love. John 15:10.

To one who knows the right thing to do, and does not do it, to him it is sin. James 4:17.

Prayer:  Thank you, Father, for making it clear through your word and through your voice what it is you want and expect of me in terms of my obedience. I confess that way too often I do not obey you even though I say that I will.  Please forgive the foolishness of thinking that saying I will obey satisfies your desire for my obedience. Help me follow every step of your lead in obeying all you have for me to obey, as well as obeying out of my love for you, not out of some sense of legalistic obligation.  Please, Father, draw me ever closer to you so my obedience expresses my love for you just as you intend.  Thank you that I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

Think on this: Jesus went to the cross in obedience to His Father so that all who believe will be able to spend eternity in God’s presence when it’s time. Have you accepted what Jesus did through His obedience? If no, why? What’s standing in the way of accepting God’s free and gracious provision? If you are a Christian with the assurance of salvation and redemption, how are you doing with obeying on this side of eternity while you wait for the train? Are there times when you think that saying you will obey is the same thing as obeying? If so, what’s that all about? If you sense the need for any change in how and when you obey God, how is that going to happen? Is that what you want? Why ore why not?

November 30, 2022 — Private time with Jesus

“Do you spend much private time with Jesus?” Stan asked me one morning while we were having breakfast.

“Private time with Jesus?” I responded. “Well, yeah, I think so. Why do you ask?”

“I was looking at Mark’s gospel earlier this morning,” Stan replied, “and I was reminded of the importance of having such time by something Mark wrote concerning some of the disciples.”

“What’s that?”

“It’s a simple statement in the thirteenth chapter,” Stan replied, “where it says that Peter, James, John, and Andrew questioned Jesus privately. And I think the same thing is to apply to me and my faith walk.”

“Why privately?” I asked.

“Let me give you an example,” Stan replied. “There have been many times when I was in a crowd and someone was speaking. I may have had a question for the speaker but I was reluctant to ask. However, if I got alone with that person I felt free to ask whatever I wanted. Same thing with getting alone with God.”

“What same thing?” I asked.

“When I get alone with God,” Stan said, “when I’m in private with Him, I feel totally free to ask  whatever questions I may have for Him. Why would I want to wonder about something and be reluctant to ask when He’s available for me for a private discussion?”

“Oh,” I said. “Come to Him in private. Spend time alone with Him, asking whatever may be on my mind and my heart. Is that it?”

“That’s it,” Stan replied. “Whatever is on my mind and heart, so He can show and tell me what’s on His!”

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Bible verses to consider:

And as He was sitting on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew were questioning Him privately. Mark 13:3.

But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees in secret will repay you. Matthew 6:6.

Let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith. Hebrews 10:22.

Sitting at Jesus’ feet — the story of Martha and Mary. Luke 10:38-42.

Prayer: Thank you, Father, that you allow me to come before you in prayer to tell you what’s on my mind and my heart, and to discover what’s on yours. I confess that too often I do not take the time to be with you in private, away from the crowd, so I can hear all you have to say to me. Please forgive the foolishness of that. And please help me follow every step of your lead so I am never reluctant to be alone with you so I express to you what’s on my mind and discover what’s on yours. Thank you that I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Think on this: Have you accepted God’s free and gracious gift of life eternally with Him when it’s time so you can have a personal relationship with Him on this side of eternity? If no, why? If you have, how are you doing with spending private time with God? Do you sense the desire to have an ever-deepening relationship with Him so you can share all that’s on your heart and mind, knowing that God will share with you what’s on His? If you would like that, how is it going to happen?

November 29, 2022 — Who/What do you enjoy listening to?

“I saw a simple statement in a verse in Mark’s gospel the other day,” Stan commented one morning, “that clearly reflects the opposite of where I was at one point in my life. As well, it reflects where I am today.”

“Where you were and where you are?” I said. “All in one verse? What were you looking at?”

“A single verse that describes a large crowd,” Stan replied. “For way too long in my life, I was not part of that crowd, but now I am.”

“What kind of large crowd?” I asked.

“It says that the large crowd enjoyed listening to Jesus.”

“Oh,” I replied, “was there a point in your life where you didn’t enjoy listening to Jesus?”

“Gross understatement!” Stan said. “For way too long in my life, I not only didn’t enjoy listening to Jesus, I had no interest in even hearing what He had to say.”

“But now you do?”

“I do,” Stan replied. “For me, it was a gift from God. He opened me to want to spend time listening to Him. The more I listen, the more I enjoy seeing and hearing what He has for me.”

“You know,” I commented, “that sounds kind of like when Jesus described eternal life as knowing God the Father and Jesus the Son.”

“How so?” Stan asked.

“The more time people spend getting to know the Father and the Son,” I replied, “the more they will want to listen to what they have to say, and the more they listen, the more they will enjoy what they hear.”

“You could be on to something, my friend,” Stan replied with a smile.

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Bible verses to consider:

And the great crowd enjoyed listening to Him. Mark 12:37.

Then a cloud formed, overshadowing them, and a voice came out of the cloud, “This is My beloved Son, listen to Him!” Mark 9:7.

And this is eternal life, that they may know Thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom Thou hast sent. John 17:3.

Prayer: Thank you, Father, for your provision of Jesus as the way to spend eternity in your presence when it’s time. Thank you, too, for the eternal life of knowing Him and you in an ever-deepening way while you keep me on this side of eternity. I confess that too often I have not enjoyed and I do not enjoy listening to what you have to say to me. Please forgive the foolishness of not wanting to listen to you, to Jesus, and to the Holy Spirit. Please, Father, help me in following every step of your lead so I not only want to listen, but I will truly enjoy what you have for me to hear and I will apply it to every aspect of this life you have given me to live.  Thank you that I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Think on this: Have you come to enjoy what Jesus has to say in the sense that you have accepted it and know you will spend eternity in God’s presence when it’s time? If no, why? What’s not to enjoy? Do you think you will enjoy being separated from God for all of eternity? If you are a Christian with the assurance of salvation and redemption, how are you doing with enjoying all God has to show you and to say to you on this side of eternity? If you sense the need for change in how you enjoy God’s word and voice, how is that going to happen? Is that what you want? Why or why not?

November 28, 2022 — Know that God is not done yet

“Do you ever have the sense that God is not done with you?” I asked Stan one morning as we waited for breakfast.

“You mean like there’s still more He wants to do in and through me?” Stan replied.

“Not so much that,” I said. “More like He’s not done with transforming you.”

“Oh, I get it,” Stan replied. “That question falls into the same category as asking me if I have ever taken a breath!”

“In other words,” he continued, “the process of being transformed into the likeness of Christ is one that I think is intended by God to continue until each one of us gets on the train. Thus, I can say without a doubt that He’s not done yet.”

“Even though Paul wrote that we are new creations?” I asked.

“Yeah,” Stan replied. “I agree that we are new creations when we have accepted the finished work of the cross, but I don’t think that means that the transformation process is completed instantly. I think it’s more like we are to be newer and newer creations.”

“How’s that supposed to happen?”

“I think it’s called discipleship,” Stan replied with a smile. “Why else would Jesus have said that we are to take up our cross ‘daily?’ as part of the process of following Him after we have denied ourselves?”

“Daily,” I said. “That sounds kind of like something I should be doing all the time, not just something that’s done once and then forgotten about.”

“That’s right,” Stan replied. “Jesus died once for all. A person’s true acceptance of God’s provision of salvation and redemption is a one-time thing; Don’t need to do it more than once, but transformation is a whole different story.”

“Well,” I replied, “if that’s true, how many times do you think God is going to transform me.”

“Until He’s done,” Stan said. “Just know that He’s not done yet. And don’t think it’s up to you to say when He’s done. He’ll be done when He’s done, and He’ll let you know!”

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Bible verses to consider:

Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3:3.

For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6.

But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:18.

Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. 2 Corinthians 5:17.

And He was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.” Luke 9:23.

Prayer: Thank you, Father, for your provision of life eternally with you through the cross of Christ. Thank you, too, for the gift of transformation you have for me while you keep me on this side of eternity. Please help me to understand how and why you want me to be transformed, as well as the fact that transformation is a life-long process. I confess that too often I do not submit to your transforming power because that is what I choose. Please forgive the foolishness of not wanting to be transformed exactly as you want. Thank you that I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Think on this: Have you been transformed in the eternal sense so you know you will spend eternity in God’s presence when it’s time? If no, why have you not accepted God’s free and gracious provision? If you are a Christian with the assurance of salvation and redemption, how about being transformed? Do you submit to God’s transforming power so that you are, in fact, being transformed into the image of Christ? If you sense the need for change in any of that,  how is such change going to happen? Is that what you want? Why or why not?

November 26, 2022 — Refilling the Coffee Cup — Week of November 21, 2022

Stan’s main takeaway for each day this past week.

The full version of each posting can be found at www.waiting4thetrain.com

Note: Please forward this to friends, family, etc. as a way to introduce them to Stan,  S. Tory Teller, and the conversations about faith, discipleship, and what it means to be a Christian.

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Monday, November 21 (Taken by the hand) — Jesus took a boy by the hand and he got up. That’s a picture of what’s intended for all of us.

Tuesday, November 22 (If you don’t understand, don’t be afraid to ask) — There were times when the early disciples didn’t understand what Jesus said but they were afraid to ask. That’s not to be a model for us.

Wednesday, November 23 (Thinking about thanksgiving — Returning to the source) — Ten lepers were healed, but only one thanked Jesus. Am I like the nine or the one?

Thursday, November 24 (Don’t go away — draw near) — Some of the early disciples stopped following Jesus when the cost of discipleship got too high. How about us?

Friday, November 25 (Easily distracted?) — Jesus set His face to go to Jerusalem to finish what His Father had sent Him to do. He was not distracted. Are we?

November 25, 2022 — Easily Distracted?

“I was reading in Luke’s gospel the other night,” Stan commented one morning, “and I saw a simple statement about Jesus that strikes me as something really important about my faith walk.”

“Don’t you think everything about Jesus is important for your faith walk?” I asked.

“You’re right, of course,” Stan replied, “but what I was looking at narrows it down to keep me focused.”

“Keep you focused?” I said. “What were you looking at?”

“When Jesus was on His way to Jerusalem to go to the cross and eventually to return to heaven,” Stan replied, “Luke records that Jesus ‘resolutely set His face to go to Jerusalem’. That’s what His Father had for Him to do. And I think I’m to do the same thing.”

“Set your face to go to Jerusalem?” I asked.

“If that’s where God wants me to go,” Stan replied with a smile, “But it’s really that I’m to be focused on wherever God has for me to go, as well as focused on whatever He has for me to do when I get there. I am to be focused so I am not distracted from what God has for me.”

“Not distracted?” I said. “In what way might you be distracted?”

“Plural,” Stan replied. “Ways. There are virtually an unlimited number of ways I can be distracted from doing what God has for me to do, as well as being distracted from being what He has for me to be.”

“It seems to me,” he continued, “that’s one of Satan’s primary goals in dealing with Christians. He wants to distract us from living the lives God intends. He knows he can’t do anything about our eternal destination to be with God forever once we have made a true commitment, but he sure can cause havoc with a Christian’s personal testimony on this side of eternity. I’ve had a lot of experience with being easily distracted like that and I don’t recommend it!”

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Bible verses to consider:

And it came about, when the days were approaching for His ascension, that He resolutely set His face to go to Jerusalem. Luke 9:51.

Let your eyes look directly ahead, and let your gaze be fixed straight in front of you. Watch the path of your feet, and all your ways will be established. Do not turn to the right nor to the left; turn you foot from evil. Proverbs 4:25-27.

Prayer: Thank you, Father, for giving Jesus as the way to you for eternity. Thank you for His obedience in going to the cross to finish what you sent Him to do. Thank you that He was resolute in doing what you had for Him to do. I confess that too often I am not resolute in being and doing what you intend for me. Please forgive the foolishness of trying to live this life without being obedient. Please help me in not being so easily distracted. Thank you that I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Think on this: Jesus was obedient in going to the cross so you could accept His finished work and know you will spend eternity in God’s presence when it’s time. Have you accepted what He did? If no, why? If you are a Christian with the assurance of salvation and redemption, how are you doing with your obedience to what God has for you to be and to do? Are you easily distracted from what He wants for you? If you would like to be more resolute and less distracted, how is that going to happen? Is that what you want? Why or why not?

November 24, 2022 — Don’t go away; Draw near

“I was reading in Mark’s gospel last night,” Stan commented, “and I saw a simple statement that reminded me of something that very nearly happened to me.”

“What simple statement was that?” I asked.

“At the very end of a particular verse,” Stan replied, “Mark wrote about some people who left Jesus and went away. And the same thing almost happened to me.”

“What same thing?”

“Soon after I came to faith,” Stan replied, “and I started pursuing being a disciple, not just a convert, the cost of discipleship became clear and I almost concluded that the cost was too high.”

Continuing, he added, “I was almost to the same point as the people Mark was writing about. I was on the verge of leaving Jesus and going away.”

“Why?”

“I was finding the basic steps of discipleship to be more than I could handle,” Stan said. “I just couldn’t get to the points of consistently denying myself, taking up what God had for me to take up, and, or course, I could not follow. Rather than deny myself, I wanted to exalt myself. And rather than take up what God had for me to take up, I wanted to do what I wanted to do apart from Him. Then, of course, was the part about not following.”

“And you were ready to walk away?” I asked.

“Hate to admit it,” Stan replied, “but I was. The cost of discipleship just seemed to be too high. But I’m eternally grateful that I didn’t walk away and leave.”

“And why didn’t you?” I asked.

“It was a verse in James’ letter,” Stan replied, “The one about drawing near to God and having Him draw near to me.”

“How’d that work?” I asked.

“After reading the verse in James’ letter,” Stan replied, “I prayed and told God exactly what I was feeling about the cost of discipleship being too high, that I was having trouble and that I needed His help.”

“Then what?”

“I had the most amazing sense of peace,” Stan said, “as it was made clear to me that the role of the Holy Spirit is to help. That’s why He’s in us!”

“And did He help?” I asked.

“He certainly did,” Stan replied. “He showed me how foolish it would be to walk away from God rather than to continually seek to draw nearer to Him. Discipleship’s not that tough; it just takes some choices that, on our own, may seem hard.”

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Bible verses to consider:

And so they left Him, and went away. Mark 12:12.

And hearing this, they marveled, and leaving Him, they went away. Matthew 22:22.

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. James 4:8.

For which one of you, when he wants to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost, to see if he has enough to complete it? Luke 14:28.

And He was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.” Luke 9:23.

Prayer: Thank you, Father, for your provision of Jesus as the way to you for eternity. Thank you, too, for the provision of discipleship on this side of eternity while I wait for the train. I confess that too often I do not deny myself, I do not take up what you have for me to take up, and I do not follow as you intend. Rather, it’s like I leave and walk away from you. Please forgive that foolishness. Help me to follow every step of your lead in being a disciple who denies, takes up, and follows wherever, however, and whenever just as you want. Thank you that I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Think on this: Have you chosen to accept God’s provision of life with Him eternally? If no, why would you not accept His free and gracious gift? If you are a Christian with the assurance of salvation and redemption, are you pursuing discipleship in a way that does not look like you have left Jesus and gone away? If you sense the need for change in your view of pursuing discipleship beyond conversion, how is that going to happen and what does it look like to you? Is discipleship what you want? Is it worth the cost? Why or why not?