My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Monday, December 19, 2011
As a result of this many of His disciples withdrew and were not walking with Him anymore.
(John 6:66 NASB)
So Jesus said to the twelve, “You do not want to go away also, do you?”
(John 6:67 NASB)
As Jesus got deeper into His preaching people discovered that He
was extremely serious about the Christian walk. The major feature was
to understand and have to believe that Jesus had been sent by the
Father. It was a new and radical way of thinking about living the
religious life. No longer were we to follow a list of rules, but
rather, we were to put on Christ. We were to actually partake of Him
and be filled and led by the Holy Spirit. This was something incredibly
organic and it couldn't be tied up with a neat little bow. It made
many of the followers uncomfortable, and so they decided they simply
would no longer follow this man, Jesus. Can you imagine, hundreds of
people suddenly dispersing and leaving Jesus alone with the twelve. He
looks at them and asks them whether they would like to leave as well,
and you can imagine that within them there is a hint of wanting to run.
Jesus, at that moment, realizes how alone He is in this world. He is
His Father's son, and He belongs to God alone. The world was rejecting
Him and even those closest to Him are, more than likely, looking at Him
Sometimes being a follower of Christ can be quite lonely. Just
like Jesus, Himself, there are times that those around us "just don't
get it." There are times when people don't understand why we do the
things that we do as we try to follow Christ. That's because there are
times when the decisions made to follow Christ may take us to places
that simply don't make sense to the rest of the world -- even those in
the religious world. And yet, our daily walk with Him leads us to a
place of "putting on Christ" -- and to simple, quiet, and faithful
obedience -- even in the face of loneliness. Jesus gained His strength
from His Father. We must gain our strength from the Father and walk
each and every day in faithfulness to Him.
Lord, thank You for Your love and leading each and every day.
Thank You for Your presence that is with us in all walks of life. Help
me to be be faithful to You, each and every day. Amen.