Before you begin, pause for a few moments and relax. Take several deep breaths. Rest in the loving presence of God.
Jesus said to him, "If you wish to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to [the] poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me."
These familiar words are the advice that Jesus gave to the rich young man who asked what he had to do to gain eternal life. It was not the answer the young man expected. Until that moment, the young man thought he had it made. In an instant, that all changed. His attachment to his possessions felt like too great a price. So he walked away. We imitate the rich young man when we walk away from our faith emotionally and spiritually. The cost of discipleship can feel harsh at times, but Jesus' words and loving presence remind us of why the price is worth every penny.
Which teachings of Jesus do I find most difficult to follow?
What do I do when I come face to face with the hard truths of faith?
(Speak to God, using this prayer or a prayer of your own.)
Jesus, thank you for calling me to be your disciple. When you challenge me to be more than I am, help me to let go of all that holds me back. May I follow you in freedom until the day we meet in heaven.