“Opportunities to Obey”

The Upper Room devotional reflection for Wednesday, November 24, 2021 comes to us from Jason Koon of North Carolina

57 As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” 58 Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” 59 He said to another man, “Follow me.” But he replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” 60 Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” 61 Still another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family.” 62 Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.” Luke 9:57-62 NIV


“Opportunities to Obey”

Several years ago, I worked in sales. My sales partner was an energetic young man fresh out of college. After a few months, he started to become frustrated. “I don’t know how to make a dent in our market,” he would say. One day after hearing his frustrations, I told him that since markets are made up individual accounts. We should try to focus on individual customers. We tried this approach and found success.

As Christians, we are also tempted to think in general terms. “Give Jesus your life,” we rightly encourage one another. However, what does that mean? How do we actually do that? Just like a market is made up of individual accounts, our lives are made up individual moments. In these verses from Luke 9, Jesus challenges us to follow him, even in the midst of the gritty, mundane reality of daily existence. Every moment, every circumstance is an opportunity for obedience. Focusing on these daily opportunities allows us to break down our commitment to Christ into smaller, more manageable pieces. As we surrender each moment, we find our whole life conforming to God’s plan.

Prayer Focus: Those coping with stress

Thought for the Day: What small moments can I submit to Christ today?


Friends –

Breaking down situations that are causing us anxiety or frustration into smaller components can help us to deal with our struggles more effectively, trusting God to show us the solution. We can hear God’s direction and trust in God’s presence in the individual moments of our lives. This trust can lower our anxiety. Thus, we are trusting God’s grace to see us through whatever is happening around us.

--Pastor Bea

Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to see you in the ordinary moments of daily existence. Show us ways to submit our lives to you and to learn obedience. Amen. --Jason Koon