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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Nothing Else Matters

Scripture to reflect upon for Thirsty Thursday: Luke 9:57
As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.”

If you read further, you will discover that Jesus then asks several others to “follow him,” and each one said they would, but only after they did something else first.

If you are not following Jesus, what is more important that you are doing that prevents you from doing so?

Many people think they need to get their act together, they need to clean up, they need to make things right in their life in order to follow Jesus, but Jesus wasn’t searching for perfect people. Jesus always sought after those who were at their absolute lowest. When you hit rock bottom, there’s nowhere else to turn.

I’ve been thinking a lot about the town harlot story again. I read some further details about the culture and the environment in which she approached Jesus. He was at a party held in His honor by a Pharisee. Typically these types of parties were large and most of the neighbors and prominent townspeople were invited. She, of course, was not invited, but she risked everything to be there. As people stared at her in disgust and horror, she paid no attention to them. She was only standing behind Jesus as He was enjoying a meal when she began to weep uncontrollably. She had no idea what had come over her, but she suddenly found herself at his feet crying.

She let herself experience Jesus without any hindrances. She could care less what else was going on around her, or who was watching her. She probably felt as if no one else were around, and for her that meant something big considering she was always sneered at and ridiculed. And even in that moment, when all eyes were on her, she was alone with Jesus. She was willing, heart and soul, to do whatever it took to be in His presence. Nothing else mattered. Nothing…

NOTE TO SELF: What is going on in your life today that is preventing you from being in Jesus’ presence? What do you feel is more important that you should be doing? Are you afraid of what others will think? Are you worried about the ridicule and the harsh attitudes? Put everything aside and be with Jesus…right now! Eventually, everything else won't seem to matter as much because you will be in the presence of the living God.

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