Friday, January 4, 2013

Faithful Friday

Marquis at Simply Clarke, one of my favorite bloggers, wrote a post today called What Is a Disciple? She explains "discipleship" in a way that I can completely relate to, and it was something that I really needed to read this morning.

In Matthew 16:24-26, Jesus instructed His disciples: "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?"

"Take up your cross and follow Me." How many of us, even us Christians, are really doing this?

Not choosing the parts of the Bible we feel are relevant and avoiding the rest.
Not "toeing the line" between His plan and ours.
Not following Him but complaining the whole time.

I'm feeling a little convicted right now. How about you?

A few months ago, Emily at Newlywed Moments (another of my fave bloggers!) wrote THIS post about trusting God, even when we don't understand what He's doing in our lives. Em concluded that we need to trust Him NO MATTER WHAT and "be faithful in the little things". I really like that phrase. It means that even when things aren't going the way I want or expect, I still must faithfully:

Follow His Word daily 
{{wake up and read my Bible/devotional even though I don't want to get out of bed}}
Praise Him for what He's given us 
{{even when I feel like I deserve more that what I currently have}}
Be a kind, loving, respectful wife to hubs 
{{even when I feel sad, miserable, lonely and friendless}}
Act as a good testimony to others 
{{smile, be joyful, be a good witness at work - even when I wish I was anywhere but}}
Pray for what others are going through 
{{even when I feel like my own problems are bigger and more important}}

Jesus says we have to deny ourselves for His sake. That means that the little plan I have in my head {{ALWAYS}} about how my life could/should/is going to be? He wants me to throw it out the window. He's in the driver's seat. I AM NOT.

All He wants me to do is follow Him. Trust him and be faithful to him. He will decide the rest. And it WILL be better than anything I could plan myself.


  1. Amen girl! It's so good to be reminded of this.

  2. Thanks for the suggestion! I posted a link up--- go link yours :) :) :)

  3. Amen. We all need to learn to trust God with our lives. Let go and let God.


  4. Beautifully said. Thanks for the reminder. I know my life is always better when I listen and follow the path He directs me to. It's when I go off on my own and try to do it all alone that things go crazy.

    Stopping by from SITS.