Grateful followers of Jesus
Today's devotion is based on 1 Thessalonians 2:13, "And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers."
Walking in a manner that is worthy of God is not easy. It can – and does – occur amid conflict and suffering. But as a grateful and devoted follower, it can be joyful. There are days when I just need to put one foot in front of the other and step through what God wants me to do today. I can resist, complain, procrastinate, become stubborn or anxious, and I can protest and argue.Or I can accept, submit, trust, follow, and obey. That choice is always mine. Irrespective of which choice I make, I still need to do what it is that God wants me to do. My choice only influences my experience – it doesn't change God's will. So, what I choose impacts whether I experience joy or misery. What choices are you going to make today as you live in God's grace?Please pray with me: Heavenly Father, your way is narrow, but your plan is perfect. Help me submit to – and obey – you in all you ask me to do today. Help me to be an accepting and grateful follower of Jesus. Remind me to daily show the people I love that I joyfully appreciate and love them. In Jesus' precious name, I pray. Amen.