Luke 14:27 (NIV) – “And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.”
It is said that when Count Nikolaus von Zinzendorf came across the painting Ecce Homo “Behold the Man” by Domenico Feti, he was deeply stirred as the inscription read, “This have I done for thee; now what wilt thou do for me?” Zinzendorf went on to establish the village of Herrnhut in Germany and it became the refuge of the Moravians. It was there in 1727 they began a twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week prayer vigil which lasted for a hundred years. They also sent out hundreds of missionaries and impacted men like William Carey and John Wesley who also carried their crosses.
As we consider what Jesus has done for us and what we will do for him, let’s read this over again from Sunday’s confession. Let’s read it prayerfully.
“That I am not my own, but belong—
body and soul, in life and in death—
to my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ…
Because I belong to him, Christ, by his Holy Spirit,
assures me of eternal life and makes me wholeheartedly
willing and ready from now on to live for him.”
[Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 1]
Let’s pray: Father, we belong to you. No one and nothing else can have a claim on us. Have your way Lord, in our lives, that we would do what you would have us to do. In Jesus’ name, amen.