Tuesday, November 01, 2016

The Cost of Discipleship

Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
On kings God's justice to announce—
that written in his word—
is now the honor of God's saints,
so let us praise the Lord!
 —Psalm 149:9
Suggested tune: Azmon (CM)

As servants of God we have commended ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger; by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, holiness of spirit, genuine love, truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; in honor and dishonor, in ill repute and good repute. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; as unknown, and yet are well known; as dying, and see—we are alive; as punished, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing everything.
—2 Corinthians 6:4-10
Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson
O Lord, your cross bearers in other lands are living reminders to us of the cost of discipleship. While we are at ease in Zion, they are in an exile of pain and isolation. While we are feasting on the good things around us, they keep an involuntary fast. While we assume a future of well being, they don't know if they will be alive tomorrow. While we wear the cross as a piece of jewelry, they bear it as an invitation to abuse, exclusion, imprisonment even death. Turn now my heart to them in prayer and acts of compassion and justice.
Allow the above to help guide your own confession, praise, thanksgiving, and/or petition.

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
 —Matthew 6:9-13

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