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Luke 9:21-27, Splinters

Key Verse

Then he said to them all, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.
— Luke 9:23

RCL Daily Devotion for Saturday, June 29, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by R. Fergus Moir from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

Following Jesus is not easy. In the immortal words of Wesley from The Princess Bride, “Anyone who says otherwise is probably selling something.”

Jesus lived a lifestyle of relative poverty, crossed boundaries and spoke truth to power on behalf of the oppressed. Jesus sacrificed time, energy, resources, and eventually his own life to bring healing and wholeness to all God’s creation. And Jesus calls us to that same work.

Ouch. Carrying that cross is gonna leave a mark. I, for one, would like to avoid taking up that particular cross. Isn’t there an easier way? I might try to live as if there is, but once I have recognized the call, I can’t just let it go. It’s like there are splinters in my hands reminding me of what is needed. As long as I fight it, those splinters will irritate, and the discomfort will leave me agitated.

Yet when I heed the call I find that those splinters don’t cause pain, but make me itch to take action in service to God and neighbor. When I am honest about the work to be done, I see that taking up my cross is not about unnecessarily weighing myself down, it’s about lifting the burden of the back of another.

God, you call me to serve and to love. Help me to share the burden of the Other, just has you have carried all things for me. Amen.

 

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