We must examine our motives for following Him

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Wednesday, February 6, 2019

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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)

Today’s scripture reading:

When the two disciples began to follow Jesus, he asked them, “What do you want?” Following Christ is not enough; we must follow him for the right reasons. To follow Christ for our own purposes would be asking Christ to follow us—to align with us to support and advance our cause, not his. We must examine our motives for following Him. Are we seeking his glory or ours? (NLT)

John 1:35-42 – The following day, John was again standing with two of his disciples. As Jesus walked by, John looked at him and then declared, “Look! There is the Lamb of God!” Then John’s two disciples turned and followed Jesus.

Jesus looked around and saw them following. “What do you want?” he asked them.

They replied, “Rabbi” (which means Teacher), “where are you staying?”

“Come and see,” he said. It was about four o’clock in the afternoon when they went with him to the place, and they stayed there for the rest of the day.

Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of these men who had heard what John said and then followed Jesus. The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother, Simon, and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means the Christ).

Then Andrew brought Simon to meet Jesus. Looking intently at Simon, Jesus said, “You are Simon, the son of John—but you will be called Cephas” (which means Peter).

Quoted verse: Jesus said, “All who want to come after me must . . . take up their cross, and follow me.” –Matthew 16:24 (CEB)

“Story” – Kevin Thomas (Alabama) titled his story “FOLLOW ME;” here is a portion of Kevin’s story:

“Jesus invites us to follow him. . . .

“So I’ve followed when Jesus has called me out of my comfortable place – to a developing country to install water filters, to a meal with homeless neighbors, to a career in ministry rather than medicine. And I’ve discovered that though the risks of acting on my faith are often high, so is the reward of living as Jesus would have us to live.”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – How do my actions show others that I am following Christ?

Prayer: Dear Jesus, give us strength and courage to follow you – wherever you lead us. Amen.

To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/

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