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This verse means a lot to me and right now it describes what I'm feeling and what I need to do.

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall guide your paths." Proverbs 3:5&6 (NKJV)

If I give God all that I have in my heart He wont turn me away and tell me that He doesn't want what I offer. He tells us to "Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart." Psalm 37:4 (NKJV) If He tells me my desires will be mine, what do I have to worry about then? He's got it all under control! It's my turn to give it to God and wait for Him to do the rest.

day 23 | luke 13-14

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When I hear Christians discuss "leading people to Christ" I get a little uncomfortable. I think it's because there's this automatic assumption that Jesus is going to make their lives happy-go-lucky. Jesus is going to bring them joy, hope, peace, purpose, etc. But if you've been reading through the gospel of Luke with me these past few days, it doesn't really seem like that's what he's promising us, does it? He says he comes to bring division, to turn us against each other. He says that to be a disciple means you have to take up a cross, you have to be willing to suffer rejection and ridicule. The only good thing about following Jesus is at the end of the tunnel, the kingdom of God.

Jesus knows that following him isn't a cake walk. He knows that following him means giving up everything. It means putting him first and everything else second. It means detaching yourself from material possessions and building up heavenly treasures. And for some reason, I feel like church sometimes paints a completely different picture. But Jesus has a couple parables for that, and the purpose of those parables is to get you to really consider, "Is this worth it to me in the end?"

The first is about a guy building a tower, but in the end he runs out of money and can't finish it. Everybody makes fun of him. The second is about a king waging war against another king. He takes a minute to calculate if he has the manpower to take out his enemy, and realizes he doesn't. So, he sends a peacemaker. Then Jesus is just straight up and says:

"You cannot be my disciple if you do not renounce all of your possessions."

All of them. Not some of them.

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