Now Faith Is (Photo by Pastor Davis)

True followers of Jesus must have their priorities in order; if they choose to love their life more than their Master, they will lose the very life they seek to maintain.  True disciples must be willing to suffer and experience rejection, even unto death if need be.  To serve and follow Jesus means making radical lifestyle changes.  To follow Jesus means going the way he went not the way of earthly power and honor but the way of humility and death.  Everything Jesus did was for God’s glory.  When we choose to follow him we must live for God’s glory alone.  This does not mean we have no fun, no joy, and no security.  Rather, it simply means we live to honor God and then the Father will honor us.

In this lesson Jesus speaks truth to power in a no non sense manner in order that there will be no doubt whatsoever in our thinking about what we must do. He says, “Listen carefully: Unless a grain of wheat is buried in the ground, dead to the world, it is never any more than a grain of wheat. But if it is buried, it sprouts and reproduces itself many times over. In the same way, anyone who holds on to life just as it is destroys that life. But if you let it go, reckless in your love, you’ll have it forever, real and eternal.”

“If any of you wants to serve me, then follow me. Then you’ll be where I am, ready to serve at a moment’s notice. The Father will honor and reward anyone who serves me.”

“Right now I am storm-tossed. And what am I going to say? ‘Father, get me out of this’? No, this is why I came in the first place. I’ll say, ‘Father, put your glory on display.'”

A voice came out of the sky: “I have glorified it, and I’ll glorify it again.”  (John 12:25-28 MSG)

The honor from God that Jesus promises May in fact is partly experienced in this life, but never entirely.  And for many believers, what God has planned by way of honor we can only guess.  Meanwhile we can derive real comfort and security from knowing that God observes and remember each and every act of service we do in is name.  None will be forgotten.

Therefore, let us learn to live our life for God, in the online world as well the physical world, thinking globally and working locally to make God the center of all that we do.  I remain your brother in Jesus Christ, Pastor Davis/Master Teacher!

Now take a moment and focus on this prayer and allow it to sooth your soul, calm your mind and renew your spirits.