You Heard it Said (Day 7) Last Day

What if there’s more to following Jesus than we think? 
We have a tendency to put things in our lives into categories. And it can be a helpful way to go through life. But sometimes we think that following Jesus is just another category of our lives instead our entire life focus.
Think about it. When you think of following Jesus, you might think about things like going to church, reading your Bible, praying, serving others, or worshiping. And those are definitely a part of it! 
But what if following Jesus is way more than that list of things we think about? If Jesus is who He says He is, then wouldn’t it make sense for our whole lives to be about following Him?
What if our everyday lives, our ordinary routines, and our normal decisions are more spiritual than we think? What if we allowed the God of the universe to be not only a part of our lives but an integral part of our day? 
Jesus came as Immanuel—God With Us. Jesus is with us every second, and the Holy Spirit lives within us! Knowing that informs the way we go about our days and the way we live our lives, and it makes following Jesus so incredibly exciting. 
To follow Jesus fully is to realize that every single thing we do matters and is an opportunity for us to be set apart.
Imagine if we were truly known for being the hardest workers, the most excellent neighbors, the kindest friends, the most patient people just by the way we worked and lived our lives. We have the opportunity to do that when we realize that following Jesus isn’t just about following Him at church but also about how we live our lives the rest of the week. 
Check out what Romans 12:1-2 MSG says about that: 
So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. … 
Living out your faith doesn’t just mean following spiritual disciplines. It means using those disciplines to fuel you into a life that shows people who Jesus is because of how you live. 
So, what if following Jesus is more than you think? Imagine what might happen when we start living out our faith in ordinary ways every day. 
If you’ve liked this Bible Plan, you’ll love the podcast that goes with it. Learn more about the You’ve Heard It Said podcast available any where you listen to podcasts.
Pray: God, thank You for being with me every moment of every day. God, speak to me today. Guide me and lead me to show others who You are by the way I live my life. Reveal to me any areas where I need to rely on You more fully, and transform me from the inside out. In Jesus’ name, amen.


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