2-9-21 Today's devotion is based on Matthew 8:21,22: " 'Another disciple said to him, "Lord, first let me go and bury my father." But Jesus told him, "Follow me and let the dead bury their own dead."' ( While we are more than likely shocked at the words of Jesus, Matthew's account reminds us of the seriousness of our baptized life. Following Jesus means letting go of the comforts of this world – home, wealth, or even family. Remember that with material things, at the end of your life, you can't take it with you! But there is something you can go with: others you've ministered to with the life-changing love of Jesus! Being a disciple is radical, life-changing stuff. Please pray with me the prayer for today: Lord Jesus, your earthly ministry was so uncompromising and powerful. As you taught your disciples, teach me. Challenge me. Help me take stock of my life. Reveal to me where you would have me serve. Lead me to new paths of discipleship. Call me, Lord Jesus. I am ready to follow. Lord, I believe, help me in my unbelief. In your holy name, I pray. Amen.