Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Devotional from Dietrich Bonhoeffer #2

"Those who follow Jesus’ commandment entirely, who let Jesus’ yoke rest on them without resistance, will find the burden they must bear to be light. In the gentle pressure of this yoke they will receive the strength to walk the right path without becoming weary.…Where will the call to discipleship lead those who follow it? What decisions and painful separations will it entail? We must take this question to him who alone knows the answer. Only Jesus Christ, who bids us follow him, knows where the path will lead. But we know that it will be a path full of mercy beyond measure. Discipleship is joy."

Come to me, all who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble of heart, and you will find rest for your soul. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. 
Matthew 11:28–30

Make me to know your ways, O Lord;
   teach me your paths.
Lead me in your truth, and teach me,
   for you are the God of my salvation;
   for you I wait all day long. 
Psalm 25:4–5

[source from Bible Gateway]

Being a disciple of the Lord is not only believing in Jesus, but following Him. We have to trust that  along our journey even when we don't understand or know where we are headed, that God surely goes before us and is with us, following Him with complete joy.

I pray that you might clearly hear the call of discipleship and might experience following Jesus with joy in every moment of your life. Blessings!

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