21 DAY CHALLENGE - Day 21
Day 21 – So go!
First off…CONGRATULATIONS! If you’re reading this day 21 of our 21 Day Challenge, then the odds are that you’ve taken the journey through all 21 days and 21 chapters through the book of John. I know it can always feel like we’re just at the beginning of things, but don’t undervalue the commitment that you’ve put in toward growing in your understanding and in your faith. Every bit counts and believe you me, it matters!
Today’s challenge and reading parallels what we talked about on day 18. The ENTIRE story, not only from today’s reading, but throughout the book of John, is basically Jesus telling his disciples, “Hey! It’s not over!!” It’s an AWESOME picture of the grace and mercy of Jesus; how we can totally blow it, yet He still chooses us – chooses to love us…chooses to redeem us…chooses to use us. With as amazing as this is, that’s not really what I want to focus on in our last day together.
Today is the final day of this devotional. I have no idea if you’ve stuck with this every day. I don’t know if this has helped you or if you’ve done the things I’ve challenged you to do. If you’re reading this, I assume you’re at least trying…so let’s talk about what I think Jesus wants of, from, and for you and me moving forward, and I’ll sum it up in 2 words. Are you ready?!
I can almost hear your thoughts now – “That’s it?” Yep! That’s it! He wants you and me to follow. So let’s go! I don’t know where He wants to take you, but I know it will be a daring adventure.
Jesus told Peter, “If you love me, then follow me!” He might take you to dangerous places or call you to dangerous missions, but he’s saying, “If you love me, then let’s go!”
He might not show you the end or give you all the details, but…“If you love me, then follow me”.
There will be times that you’ll be filled with uncertainty and you’ll wonder if this is REALLY the way He wants us to go, but “If you love me, then follow me.”
It won’t always make sense. It won’t necessary be logical. It will certainly be scary at times. And make no mistake about it, it will be risky. Some people will scof. Others will get angry, but “If you love me, then follow me!”
I won’t promise you safety, comfort, rewards, or power. I can’t! What I can do is I can promise you this, that this will be the BEST thing you ever do and will be the ONLY decision that will have eternal consequences and impact, if you just… GO! Remember, Jesus is with you wherever you go.
As you read John 21, ask yourself these questions…
1. What area(s) of growth do I need to address as I continue to seek and follow Jesus? 2. With my commitment to follow Jesus, where is the first place that I need to go? 3. What is one thing that I can do to better follow Jesus today? 4. What questions do I have?
Lord, I don’t know if I’m ready…but I’m willing. Please lead me and show me where I am supposed to go. I fully understand that where you lead may not make sense in this human world. Lord, make me mindful of YOUR Kingdom and not mine. Wherever you lead…I’ll go! I’m heading out today, please be with me. Amen.
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