Thursday 27 February 2020
Deuteronomy 30:15-20. Psalm 1:1-4, 6. Luke 9:22-25.
Happy are they who hope in the Lord – Psalm 1:1-4, 6.
‘If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.’
Lent is a suitable time to reflect on the authenticity of our discipleship of Jesus and on our willingness to accept its sometimes-onerous demands. The three Synoptic Gospels record that, after the arrest of Jesus, Peter ‘was following him from a distance’. In a sense this may be the situation of many of us professed believers. This prompts the question: ‘Am I truly following Jesus or am I just trailing along behind him at a comfortable remove, content to keep him in view and to observe the action without being part of it?’ We Christians are called to active praise, reverence and service all the time. It isn’t a part time preoccupation of our Sundays, it’s a life-giving promise which we attend to for all the days of our week.
Lord Jesus, draw near to me today. Encourage me to attend to your renewing presence each and every day.