~ June 23, 2020 – Morning Devotion ~
Christ was emphatically clear when he declared to his disciples – If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me (see, Matthew 16:24 and Luke 9:23). Christ himself was tortured and endured the cross. This imagery teaches us that we are to come before God with all sincerity and humility and deny ourselves. A daily process where we place our trust and faith into God. It is a message of hope and faith. When we deny ourselves and trust in God, we are empowered to walk humbly with him and act justly, and to love with mercy. This is the sign of a true disciple.
Our duty first to God. To love him and worship him. Our second duty is to love others. This is the new and everlasting commandment:
A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.John 13:34-35, KJV
Our desire is to seek to become a worthy disciple. That occurs when we come to that place of humility and give of ourselves toward God in sweet surrender and love. We take up our cross daily and walk in mercy and grace. Love toward God. Love toward others. By this – men may know we are true and worthy disciples of Jesus Christ.
~ Today’s Prayer and Meditation ~
Heavenly Father, thank you for the infinite atonement through your Son, Jesus Christ. Let me become a worthy disciple of Him, and let me walk in gratitude and love each day. I submit myself to your care with all humility and sincerity. I give thanks for your love, grace, and mercy. Amen.