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“Do not look for shortcuts to God. The market is flooded with surefire, easygoing formulas for a successful life that can be practiced in your spare time. Do not fall for that stuff, even though crowds of people do. The way to life – to God! – is vigorous and requires total attention.” -Jesus, Matthew 7:13-14, The Message
So what does it mean to live in the Way of Jesus? How would our lives change if we lived by the Sermon on the Mount found in Matthew or the Sermon on the Plain found in Luke? After reading the warning above from Matthew 7, I found myself thinking there ought to be a warning statement plastered on every Bible. That last phrase in Matthew 7…”is vigorous and requires total attention,” is haunting. These kinds of statements make it very clear that living in the Way of Jesus is a way of life, rather than simply being a nice, considerate person (though it may include that at times). Though it will cost us everything (buying the field with the treasure beyond price therein), we will discover life beyond measure.
Praying – How ready are you? How ready are you to engage the scriptures and other disciples around living as a disciple? Consider asking God to remove from your life anything which interferes with your disciple development.
Sending – As you go today, give yourself to God. Go with your face set toward living into your calling with enthusiasm, commitment, and vigor. Live this day as if you wanted to make the most of every opportunity to be alive.