"Heavenly Father, you sent your Son Jesus to rescue me. Now may I listen to your invitation to be sent in Jesus' name. Amen."
Song for Reflection: I Surrender All
Scripture Reading: John 13:31-38
The liturgy, songs, and culture of the church are full of declarations of "surrender." We say we surrender all. We will follow Jesus wherever he goes, wherever he calls us. Like Peter, we are quick to declare, "I will lay down my life for you." But God knows our hearts, just as Jesus knew Peter's heart. He knew it can be full of doubt, hesitation, and above all, fear.
One of the biggest obstacles to following God's call is fear. We're afraid of what we'll lose, afraid to step into the unknown where we have to trust and rely on God, afraid to let go and sacrifice - but we also then lose the chance to be the blessing to others that God has made us to be!
The good news is that God knows our hearts. And just like was toward Peter, he is gracious to us. He knows we struggle to follow. He knows the ways you may have stopped following him or walked in the other direction. He knows fear can paralyze you. It's no coincidence that the most frequent command in the whole Bible that God offers again and again to us humans is simply: "Do not be afraid!" "Fear not!"
Don't be afraid to risk loving Jesus and the people he calls you to with all of who you are!
Jesus gives his followers a purpose. Today, what is your sense of purpose?
What does this Scripture tell you about your sense of purpose in this life?
We have all kinds of goals in life. But how might God be inviting you to connect to his purposes for your life?
"God, give me the courage to follow you into new places and to new people. In Jesus' name, Amen."