I really want to start calling today’s Daily Devotion (DD) Thirsty Thursday‘s, because of the significance of Jesus telling the Samaritan woman how drinking from the Word of life would ensure she thirsted no more. I knew there was some negative connotations on the world “thirsty” in this day-and-age of social media, so I looked up the word in Urban Dictionary and cringed when I read the first five definitions. What has happened to the youth of America? I know this question is asked of every generation when they look at the generations coming up behind them, but, thanks to technology, the younger generations of America are growing up thirsting for the entirely wrong things. And us older generations stand by scratching our heads as to why this is happening. And we seem to forget that the youth are acting the way they are because the older generations paved the way for them. We constantly look to the younger generation to be the generation for positive change. Why? It should start with our generation. It should start with us.
Today I am sharing a new song from the Passion Conference that happened at the beginning of this year. If you are not familiar with Passion, it’s a movement that shows the glimmer of hope in our the future generations: a conference open only to college age young adults that shakes all of Atlanta, GA., every year. Of course, opening a new decade with a Passion Conference meant they were going to go pretty big, and this year they delivered, as they do every year. You can find many of the speakers on the Passion Conference YouTube page. I missed my chance to attend a Passion Conference, because when I was in college, I was far, far from God. I was thirsty for the wrong things in life.
Today’s verse I am sharing shows Jesus asking a devout man to test the level of his faith. It’s a test we all should face in 2020. What are we willing to give up to follow Jesus and thirst no more?
21Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” (Mark 10:23)
The verse above is one of those hard-to-swallow pills. It’s one where you read it and look up toward Heaven out of the corner of your eye, and you say out loud: “You don’t really mean that? Do you?”
“Jesus, you’re not actually saying to sell everything I have and follow you?”
What if that is what Jesus is asking of all His followers? Would that change the face of Christianity around the world? It would definitely change how many could even call themselves Christians. What if becoming saved by Christ was more than just a ritualistic act of being dunked under water, but a zealous lifestyle change, where your whole life is focused on spreading the Gospel of Jesus around the world? Oh, how this world would be a much different place if we took the above line a lot more serious.
I hope, and pray, that Jesus is content with something in the middle between zeal and complacency. I live a humble life and work where I felt God and Jesus led me, and always speak truth from the Gospel and try to live a good Christian life, but is that enough? Only in the end will I know if that is all Jesus asked for. But what I do know for certain is that there are those in the world who read the verse above and follow it as literal instructions; and they are blessed beyond measure. I have never met a Christian pilgrim who is unhappy or frustrated with their life. Despite how dark the world is, when your sole purpose is bringing light into such darkness, your life is going to radiate peace and purpose.
This is the year we want to begin to make small corrections on the course of our lives, to slowly point our ship back to Jesus.
Reading plan: Mark 12:1-27
Deeper reading plan: Deuteronomy 30, 31
Prayer and meditation: continue to pray for your request from day 1 and pray that Jesus forgives us for our lack of zeal.
Fitness challenge: long distance day, 21 minutes of running at 50% max speed.