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Luke 14

Father, thank You for Jesus and the life I have in Him!

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“For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” (v 11 NIV)

“What I’m saying is, if you walk around with your nose in the air, you’re going to end up flat on your face.  But if you’re content to be simply yourself, you will become more than yourself.” (v 11 MSG)

Father, it takes humility on my part to be open to receive Your holiness.  Holiness is what You work in me (Heb. 10:9-10, 12-14; 12:10, 14) as I set myself aside and let You have full say in my heart, my mind, my ways.

Your examples in this passage reflect the servant heart of Jesus.  You call me to honor others above myself.  You call me to reach out to, invite and welcome others who are less able than me financially, physically, and perhaps, socially or in other ways.

Give me Your eyes, Lord.  Let me look through them as I gaze upon the faces around me.  Let my heart beat with Your compassion.

“… Anyone who comes to Me but refuses to let go of father, mother, spouse, children, brothers, sisters — yes, even one’s own self! — can’t be My disciple.  Anyone who won’t shoulder his own cross and follow behind Me can’t be My disciple… Simply put, if you’re not willing to take what is dearest to you, whether plans or people, and kiss it good-bye, you can’t be My disciple.” (v 26-27, 33 MSG)

NOTHING can be more important to me than You, Jesus, if I say that I’m Your follower.  You desire FIRST place in my heart, my allegiance, my attention, my plans, my affection, my investment of me.

Guide me in evaluating the place I truly give You in my life.  When I’ve held too dearly to earthly things, people and plans, forgive me and free me.  Give me an outlook like what Amy Carmichael once expressed, “Nothing human suffices.”  Help me to wholeheartedly sing from the hymn “I Have Decided” the stanza below:

“I have decided to follow Jesus

… the world behind me

the cross before me (3x)

No turning back, no turning back … ”

Make me just like You, Lord Jesus, no matter what it takes.  Amen.

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