Poets, Prophets and Disciples:
What it Means to Follow Jesus
Lenten Daily Devotional
March 15, 2019

I would have been able to free a thousand more slaves if I could only have convinced them that they were slaves. - Harriet Tubman

Friday March 15

Freedom to Love

Luke 18:18-28

A certain ruler asked him, ‘Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?’ Jesus said to him, ‘Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: “You shall not commit adultery; You shall not murder; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; Honor your father and mother.”’ He replied, ‘I have kept all these since my youth.’ When Jesus heard this, he said to him, ‘There is still one thing lacking. Sell all that you own and distribute the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.’ But when he heard this, he became sad; for he was very rich. Jesus looked at him and said, ‘How hard it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God! Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.’  Those who heard it said, ‘Then who can be saved?’ He replied, ‘What is impossible for mortals is possible for God.’


It is not what we have that brings us salvation.  Salvation comes through God’s incredible love for us.  This is the source of who we are.  When we open our hands to let go of what we cling to for meaning and security, we are given the opportunity to love and be loved in a way that cannot be measured, borrowed or bargained.  It simply is.  It always is.  

And in the release of the desire to find ourselves and our safety in the things around us, we are better able to generously respond to the needs of others.   Not only are we better able to receive the love of God, but to practice it as well. 


Prayer Practice:

Acquaint yourself with organizations like these that are working for freedom.  Hold them in prayer.  Consider ways you might be compelled to partner with them in their ministry. 

International Justice Mission (IJM) - https://www.ijm.org/

IJM works to combat sex trafficking, child sexual assault, cybersex trafficking, forced labor slavery, property grabbing, and police abuse of power, and addresses citizenship rights of minorities.

Lutheran World Relief (LWR) – www.lwr.org

LWR is an international non-governmental organization that focuses on sustainable development projects and disaster relief and recovery.

The Innocence Project - https://www.innocenceproject.org/

The Innocence Project exonerates the wrongly convicted through DNA testing and reforms the criminal justice system to prevent future injustices.