Matthew 16:24 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

24 Then Jesus said unto His disciples, “If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me.

via Matthew 16:24 KJ21;CJB – Then Jesus said unto His disciples, – Bible Gateway.

My beloved and I visited Daphne Methodist Church last night to experience a message in music and drama prepared by the Youth there. And for sure I received a message. Please allow me to share it with you this morning. We were well into the program when these words were sung:

And I’ll, I’ll follow You into the homes of the broken
I’ll follow You into the world
I’ll meet the needs for the poor and the needy, God, I’ll follow You into the world

The message was clear. It was reassuring. It was encouraging. It was correcting.

I’ll follow You.

We the children (disciples) of JESUS are not alone in this mission of ‘going about doing good’. We are not expected; moreover we are commanded to NOT  answer the knock of ministry opportunities down avenues that HE has not already walked to prepare the way.  HE said FOLLOW ME. Not strike out on your own. Not work yourself into it. Not figure this out and do it. NO.


I hope you are getting this picture with me. The Savior-King is the LEADER when we go to the homes of the broken. When we go to homeless; the poor and needy; the rich and famous; we are FOLLOWING. I hope this picture comforts you and encourages you and yes corrects you even as it has me. It is a tender, tender Word to the CHURCH; and, yes, perhaps a rebuke – but a tender, sweet one that I dearly treasure.

Matthew 28:20 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

20 . . . And remember! I will be with you always, yes, even until the end of the age.”

via Matthew 28:20 KJ21;CJB – teaching them to observe all things – Bible Gateway.

And let me add as I believe it is implied: to the four corners of the earth too.

Be Hidden in CHRIST,

Thank You, ABBA. Thank You, HOLY SPIRIT, for speaking to us; for encouraging us, for correcting us. Thank You, YESHUA, for being our Savior, our King, our Leader, our Teacher; the One who leads. Help us follow. Help us follow You to the people of the world to show them You love them and You are able and willing to give them Life, eternal life.
Thank You, ABBA. Thank You.
And thank You for Jamie’s first chemo treatment; thank You that she is leaving the hospital today. Thank You. And we ask for more. For the chemo to do its job with as little harm to healthy cells and as little unpleasantness as possible. And I ask this for Terri too; that chemo will begin timely and do the work intended with as little unpleasantness as possible. I ask for continued healing ministry to Lance. Adalynn. Dylan. Kerri. Dori. Alyssa. and Others as named by those praying here too.Thank You for hearing our prayers. Thank You for answering them perfectly, ABBA, in JESUS’ name.

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