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Discipleship means we give up any thought that there will be bits and pieces of our lives that can remain unaffected by our relationship with Jesus. We can’t say “yes” to Jesus and expect to hold on to a portion of our independence. He demands it all. (Rick Warren)
I guess what I'm trying to say is that God doesn't care if we are inconvenienced by our relationship with Him! And following His commands probably will do just that! Following Jesus may cause us to do a lot of things that we didn't think we'd ever do! Discipleship may mean sacrificing for others who will have no appreciation for what you have done! How about those apples? That's not what the world teaches us! The world has ingrained into our very being that we don't do anything without expecting a return for our "investment!" "What can I get out of it?", seems to be a pretty common theme! As we strive to be more like Jesus, we have to switch a few letters in the alphabet around! The "U" has to come before the "I"! Having just made up that last sentence, I really think that it is so right! The more we put the fate and well being of others in front of our own, the U before the I, the more we are following the commands of the King! And the less these acts seem inconvenient to us all! Like Rick Warren said, we are called to do some things for which there will be no payback! And the more comfortable we become "doing what Jesus would do" instead of what we, humans are taught to do, the closer we come to finding out His perfect plan for our lives! I may be a little inconvenienced by the weather when I go back up north this week, but the "good" that will come out of this trip, for me and for the kids, will prove once again that putting the U's of the world, before yourself, will not only make them feel good, but it'll do wonders for your own walk with Jesus! Goodnight and God bless! Dana