A prayer site included this line by a contributor: “Lord, I give myself to fully follow You, whatever it may mean.” Perhaps she meant to say, whatever the cost, and that would be a wonderful prayer. The Lord has told us what following him means. The NT goes to great pains to explain what it means to follow Christ. To understand that, one needs to read, not guess at it in a prayer.

There are many legitimate ways to describe discipleship. In today’s “Plow New Ground” devotional, Ed Mathews provides one you may not have heard before: “… discipleship is doing what we ought before getting what we want”. Indeed!

Focus question: What does Jesus call me to do today in order to be his disciple? How do I consider the very idea of duty?