Lenten Devotional for March 20

Follow Me


Matthew 4:18-22

“Come, follow me,” he said, “and I’ll show you how to fish for people.”
—Matthew 4:19


“So how are we to live now? Can we bear the light of Christ into the darkness of our time? Jesus gave several directions that serve as signposts to guide us on that narrowing path of obedience. Though Jesus’ “Follow me” opens up a set of decisions for each one of us, all of us are called to trust, to relinquish whatever we cling to that is not of God, to seek ongoing guidance, and to be “sober and watchful” (1 Pet. 5:8) as we attempt to “do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly” (Mic. 6:8). Openness to surprise is one mark of a spiritual life vibrantly lived—and there will be surprises: every path has forks and hairpin turns. Jesus didn’t map out a way—he said “I am the way” (John 14:6). Our road map lies in relationship. We set out on our journeys, though, with very clear instructions, simple, but impossible without the help of the Spirit.”
—Marilyn Chandler McEntyre*


Christ, like the early disciples, I have made a decision to follow you. Shine your light on the path forward. Amen.


What do you think it means to make Jesus a way of life?

Credits: *From Weavings: A Journal of the Christian Spiritual Life “Where the Path Narrows,” May/June/July 2010. Copyright © The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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