Thought for the Day: “…obedient to the point of death…” Those are some powerful and dynamic words. Not trying to be funny, but I think about our “obedience” to our most recent diet or exercise program. We are obedient to the point of a little discomfort or the first piece of chocolate cake. As followers of Jesus, just how far are we willing to be obedient? In today’s devotional, I won’t pretend to answer that question for you, but it has made me think about the outer limits of my own obedience, and sadly they get no where near that of Jesus. In that knowledge, do I shrug my shoulders and say, “Oh well!” Or do I explore how I might, in faith (and by the grace of God), begin stretching the capacity of my obedience. Maybe not to the point of death on my first day of pushing the old boundaries, but genuinely stretching just how far my obedience might go. Remember, Paul calls us to have the same mind (or attitude) that is found in Christ, and if that is the case, then most all of us have some work to do in regard to our obedience. On this Good Friday when we remember the death of Jesus, let us reacquaint ourselves with how far his obedience was willing to go.
Prayer: I have work to do, Lord God, and I trust you will help me recognize the opportunities for growth. Discipleship is never stagnant. You not only invite us to grow in our obedience, but you need our obedience for the sake of your work in the world. Amen.
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Rev. Bruce Frogge