FEBRUARY 3-7 | 2020

WEEKLY DEVOTION

“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets. Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few."

Matthew 7: 12-14

The Gospel is simple, but following Jesus is hard.

The Golden Rule, or Matthew 7:12, has been around for ages. We've all heard the mantra of 'Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.' However, we often look at this in a negative context. If I don't want to get hit, I shouldn't hit people, etc. But, looking at how Jesus phrases it, Jesus turns it around! Jesus calls us to be proactive in our relationships. We're called to love first, to serve first, that we may be loved. Others are first. Jesus goes onto say that this, of all the rules or guiding principles, is the basic behavioral rule his followers should follow. How important!

Then Jesus goes on to talk about the narrow gate. He tells us that while the broader gate may seem like the easier path, it leads to destruction. Following Jesus' way, the narrow gate, leads to life. He is the Way! While the Gospel may be simple, a life of following Jesus is never said to be easy. In fact, Jesus' disciples all faced persecution and trials of many kinds. Despite the storms and challenging times on the narrow path, He longs for your attention and your worship. He calls us to be faithful and to stay on the path He's marked out for us. And the joy, freedom, and purpose found on this road? You can't find this life anywhere else.

Jesus, 

Thank you for your guidance in how to love others. Give us your heart for the people around us, no matter who they are. Help us to stay faithful to you on the narrow road, and to stay on the path you've laid out for us. Only you are the way to joy, peace, and purpose. We want to know you more. We want to follow you. Take over. Consume us. We thank you, we love you, and we praise you. Amen.

What's the hardest part of loving others the way Jesus calls us to?

What tends to snag your attention off the narrow path?

Discuss this quote with your group - `Faithfulness is long-term obedience in an age of instant gratification.' - John Mark Comer

Songs

Reflection

Prayer

The Rule and the Way

'More Like Jesus' - Passion

'Here Again' - Elevation Worship

'Sails' - Pat Barrett