“If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters—yes, even his own life ---he cannot be my disciple. And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple……In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple’”
March 12, 2021
Who Is In Control?
One of the lessons in our weekly Discipleship Class was on putting Christ first. After we read the lesson and discussed the scripture, we were to list the three highest priorities in our lives. It wasn’t a Jeopardy question, but we all took time to think. We each answered from our hearts. The author reminded us that we could not
become a disciple of Christ if we were not willing to make Him number one on our priority list.
Since being in the class we have had lengthy discussions on the roles we must bear if we are to really be disciples of Jesus. The scripture addresses people, possessions and purpose. We are told that the followers of Jesus must love Him more than any other person, possession, or purpose. We readily submit that we have not fully reached that point of “laying down everything.” Christ’s closest followers sometimes put their selfish needs and concerns above Him. His true disciples had to learn gradually to make Him their priority, so too must we.
During this Lenten season, let us all look at our priorities and determine where on our lists do we put Christ?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, we thank you for the blessings you have given us. Help us to remove the “stuff” that keeps us from glorifying You.
Steward Yvonne Bolling
The members and friends of Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church
have written their devotions and reflections on the impact of the season of Lent
in their lives. Each testimony in the booklet is a personal reflection of their experiences.
We welcome you on this journey with us as we discuss our sacrifices and hope
that some aspect of the scripture, reflections, or prayers will inspire you as you
experience the season.
Read along with us each day or download the book to read along with us offline. May God bless and keep you throughout this season of reflection.