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  • Am I Worth Following?

    Many other people went up with them.~Exodus 12:38 NIV

    When you think about ‘following people’ these days doesn’t your mind go right to social media?

    Well, mine goes further back than that.  My brain goes right back to childhood memories when someone would follow me around…in that annoying, copy-cat kind of way, when a kid just wouldn’t give up and mimicked my every move. It used to drive me crazy! I mean…was I really worth following?

    My church is in the middle of a series on Moses.  Each week I’m hearing new perspectives on Moses’ life and the story about the Israelites leaving Egypt. When I was reading the story in my Bible, I re-read something I had made a note on years ago and I think it’s a part of the Exodus story details you might have missed?

    I’m guessing you know God brought the Israelites out of bondage from Egypt through the Red Sea since Charleton Heston or Steven Spielberg’s, The Prince of Egypt taught you that much!  Reading your Bible explains how eventually, the people got it together and entered The Promised Land but…

    [tweetthis]Did you know it wasn’t just the Israelites that left Egypt under Moses’ leadership? [/tweetthis]

    The Bible tells us that

    many other people went up with them”.

    The original wording makes is clear that there were people of different nationalities who followed Moses and the Israelites, out of Egypt and into the desert.  Scripture doesn’t give us a reason why these people followed the Israelites out of town, but I don’t think it takes rocket-science to figure it out why they were worth following.

    The people would have seen God at work in the miraculous signs and wonders He performed through Moses, all to deliver the people He loved. They would have seen God provide for His people. Who wouldn’t want to join that group? Because of Moses’ and the other Israelites boldness, people were willing to take a stand and follow God’s leading for themselves.

    When I was young I didn’t like people following right behind me; but as I read Moses’ story with fresh eyes, I’m filled with the desire to live a life worth following and I hope you are too!


    Father…Thank you for loving me. I ask that my life would be marked with signs and wonders of Your hand at work so, others will be drawn in and find my life worth following.  Help me to lead a clear, straight path right to Your heart.  In Jesus Name…Amen

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    1. Exodus 12:38
    2. Exodus 12:19
    3. John 12:32
    4. 1 Corinthians 11:1, 1 Corinthians 4:16


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    THURSDAY Heart Encouragement Thursday – Crystal Storms, Chasing Community  Barbara Bradford Ottinger
    FRIDAY Dance With Jesus Linkup – Susan B. MeadGrace and Truth Linkup – Arabah JoyCounting My Blessings – Deb Wolf, Fresh Market Friday – Crystal Twaddell ELLEN’S PICKS– Ellen Graf-Martin

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  • The Disciple Who Never Was

    Jesus looked at him and loved him.  “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give it to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven.  Then come, follow me.  At this the man’s face fell.  He went away sad, because he had great wealth.  Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!”
                                                                     Mark 10:21-23   NIV

    Last week I spoke a message at a youth group called “You Are A History Maker”.  I played a fun TV Game Show style game called “Name That History Maker” where faces of different History Makers flash on a screen.  Kids got points if they could name the person, tell what they did and say if they were a positive or negative history maker.  I wanted to get into their minds that everyone is a history maker.  Today’s devotion is about the rich, young guy in the Bible; The Disciple Who Never Was.  He’s someone who by his decisions made history as the guy who loved his stuff more than Jesus.

    I contemplated naming this devotion “Missed Opportunities”.  It’s so sad to me that this young man was offered the same invitation that Jesus had given to the disciples when he said, “Come, follow me”.1  If the rich young guy had said yes to Jesus, how different the history of his life would have been.  I don’t know if he continued to live out a comfortable, good life or if his bad choice gnawed at his conscience?

    He probably didn’t face the struggles or persecution the disciples faced, but in light of history, did he make the right choice?  The record of miracles performed through him or people saved as he addressed the crowds is not recorded.  The only written record of his life is a rejection to the call of God.  In contrast, the miraculous adventures of the disciples are still being told through the Bible, books, movies, sermons and Sunday School lessons today.

    We are all history makers.  Don’t let your life be marked with missed opportunities like The Disciple Who Never Was.

    [tweetthis remove_twitter_handles=”true” remove_hidden_hashtags=”true”]Live your life to the fullest, choosing to answer yes when Jesus invites you to, “Come, follow me”! @Sherry_Stahl[/tweetthis]


    Father…Thank You for inviting me to partner with you in changing the history of the world.  Help me to see that what you ask me doesn’t cost me too much.  Your plan is worth more than anything this world has to offer.  Give me the boldness to answer yes to whatever You ask me to do!  In Jesus Name…Amen

    1           Mark 1:17

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