Exodus 2; Luke 5; Job 19; 1 Corinthians 6: Proverbs 19
A couple of things hit me this morning as I read my Bible. One is from 1 Corinthians, “All things are lawful for me, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be mastered by anything.” (verse 12) What really stands out is the last part of that verse: but I will not be mastered by anything. It has me thinking about things that I let master me-aside from Jesus of course. One that comes to mind is food. I seem to be often ruled by my stomach. Have you ever tried fasting? Boy, I learn a lot about how ruled I am by my stomachs then. And I can become quite selfish when chocolate is in the room. What do I allow to “master me?” Good question.
What kind of goes along with these thoughts is what I read in Luke 5. Jesus calls Simon Peter, James and John to follow Him and this is their response to that call, “They left everything and followed Him.” That includes the largest catch of fish they had ever made. Later in the chapter Jesus calls Matthew the Tax Collector and his response is recorded as well, “And he left everything behind, and got up and began to follow Him.” That is the response of a follower of Christ-we leave everything to follow the only Master of our lives. I will be on the lookout today for things that want to usurp Jesus’ position in my life.
Grace, peace, and mercy,