by Andrew Walker, Director of Music
Welcome to Day 9 of the 24 Day Devotion. So glad you’re joining us! Each day for 24 days as a church, we’re going to read one chapter of the Gospel of Luke and post a devotion on it.
If you’ve never read the Bible, we’re so glad you’re joining us. And if you read the Bible, we hope this helps you grow in your faith.
Need to catch up? Start at Luke 1 – Is The New Testament A Lie? and follow along. Today’s devotion is below.
READ Luke 9
Any Beatles fans out there?!
In John Lennon’s song “Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)” he sings,
“Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.”
This line has always struck a chord with me. Do you feel the tension in your own life when you hear this line? I know I do. In the midst of the hustle and bustle of the day to day, life happens. Are we missing it?
This year I turned 37 years old. On my birthday I recall thinking, “Wow! My bags are packed and I’m on my way to 40!” Although getting older has never really been a huge concern for me, it has made me think a lot more about life. I feel I have accomplished a lot of things I set out to do when I was younger. I graduated from university, got married to my best friend, bought a house, and had two beautiful children.
However, I often have found myself feeling, “Is this It?”
As a husband and father of two young kids in school I find myself brushing shoulders with other parents my age that find themselves feeling the same way.
“Is this it?”
We have everything we ever wanted, yet why are we still not satisfied?
Your life may look similar to mine, or maybe a little different. Maybe you’re single and still looking for that one person. Perhaps you’re a student just starting out and looking at what schools to apply for. Retirement could be on the horizon and you have a very different transition you are working through.
Whatever the case, I think you’ll find that whatever you seek to accomplish for yourself, chances are, like me, you’ll just want more.
In Luke 9: 23-26 we find Jesus speaking to his disciples. He says, “For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it.”
What is Jesus actually saying?
I don’t think Jesus is saying that we can’t work hard or accomplish things in this life. However, I do think he does ask us to be careful of who we are serving.
When it comes to our lives, what are some of the largest things that we struggle to manage?
Time, Money and Relationships.
We really like to control these things don’t we? What if we changed this. What if instead of trying to cling to what we think is ours, we gave these things away. What if we surrendered them to Jesus.
Who are you giving your time to? Where are you spending your money? Have you really surrendered your relationships over to Christ?
What would it look like to surrender them over to Jesus today? When you fully surrender your life over to Jesus you could actually find it. Maybe you could also help someone else find life in Christ in the process.
So in response to John Lennon’s quote “ Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans,” maybe if we were more interested in God’s plan, life wouldn’t be happening to us, but in us.
When you give your life away you will find it.
This week surrender something in your life that is holding you back from fully living a life in Jesus. Give it away.
Who can you give your time to?
Where can you give your money?
What person will you serve today?
Jesus, You said when we hold on to our lives we lose them, but when we give our life over to You we save it. Teach me what it means to surrender my entire life to you. I want to surrender my entire life to You, so that I can be fully alive in You and show others the love that You offer. Amen.