The Upper Room 24 November 2021 | Opportunities to Obey

The Upper Room | 24 November 2021

The Upper Room 24 November 2021 Daily Devotional, Wednesday Message

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Opportunities to Obey
Jason Koon (North Carolina, USA)

TODAY’S READING
Luke 9:57-62

KEY VERSE: Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.” – Luke 9:62 (NIV)

The Upper Room 24 November 2021 Daily Devotional Message

Several years ago, I worked in sales. My sales partner was an energetic young man fresh out of college. After a few months, he started to become frustrated. “I don’t know how to make a dent in our market,” he would say.

One day after hearing his frustrations, I told him that since markets are made up of individual accounts we should try to focus on individual customers. We tried this approach and found success.

As Christians, we are also tempted to think in general terms. “Give Jesus your life,” we rightly encourage one another. However, what does that mean? How do we actually do that?

Just like a market is made up of individual accounts, our lives are made up of individual moments. In these verses from Luke 9, Jesus challenges us to follow him, even in the midst of the gritty, mundane reality of daily existence. Every moment, every circumstance is an opportunity for obedience.

Focusing on these daily opportunities allows us to break down our commitment to Christ into smaller, more manageable pieces. As we surrender each moment, we find our whole life conforming to God’s plan.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
What small moments can I submit to Christ today?

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Lord, help us to see you in the ordinary moments of daily existence. Show us ways to submit our lives to you and to learn obedience. Amen.

PRAYER FOCUS
Those coping with stress