“Come, follow me.” — Jesus (Matthew 4:19)
We are starting the new year off right by following Jesus through the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, wrapping up on Easter on April 1st. We’ll be hopping around the four gospels for a chronological perspective of Jesus’ life on earth. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!
Giving to the Needy
“Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.
2 “So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 3 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
5 “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. 7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
9 “This, then, is how you should pray:
“‘Our Father in heaven,
Daily Readiness | Becky Newman
Matthew 6:11, 33-34
Jesus is preaching and teaching at the Sermon on the Mount on how to be a follower of Christ. The theme of a daily commitment to follow is evident in chapter 6. These verses provide insight on being ready to follow Jesus every day.
I’m pretty sure “ready” is the lens You want me to see life through this year. I just heard it again in Luis Palau’s response to the news of being diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer: “If God chooses to take me in the next few months, I’m ready!” These words are resonating in my ears. Being ready like this is a daily commitment to following You, waking up each morning and humbling myself under You, my Provider, and asking for each bit of strength and energy I’ll need to get through just that day, committing to be Kingdom-minded (feet fitted with the readiness of the Gospel of Peace) and obeying God. It doesn’t mean no planning, but it does mean being ready to change my path when You nudge me in a better direction.
Lord, help me be ready daily, humbling myself first under You and Your plan and provision for my day while remaining Kingdom-minded and obedient.
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