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Discipleship is Joy / Sacrifices of Righteousness

Tremble, and do not sin;
Meditate in your heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah
Offer the sacrifices of righteousness,
And trust in the Lord.

Psalm 4:4

The reading today that caught me was the “sacrifices of righteousness.” As I live my daily Christian life, it’s always hard to always do good, to think correctly, to block out bad thoughts and words and actions. Why do I do this? Because I want to become better, to be more holy if you speak spiritually. Because that will allow me to become closer to God and know how he thinks and would be in the situation that I find myself.

And, these acts of daily righteousness are sacrifices because they’re not easy. I think it gets harder and easier because the devil will make it harder, but as I grow it will become easier to resist.

Come to me, all who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble of heart, and you will find rest for your soul. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. 

Matthew 11:28–30

And this is a reminder from Bonhoeffer’s devotional today: Those who follow Jesus’ commandment entirely, who let Jesus’ yoke rest on them without resistance, will find the burden they must bear to be light. In the gentle pressure of this yoke they will receive the strength to walk the right path without becoming weary.…Where will the call to discipleship lead those who follow it? What decisions and painful separations will it entail? We must take this question to him who alone knows the answer. Only Jesus Christ, who bids us follow him, knows where the path will lead. But we know that it will be a path full of mercy beyond measure. Discipleship is joy.

As I become more like Christ, then the yoke will become easier because I will take up the yoke seeing it from God’s perspective.

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