Tim’s Daily Bread Devotional 4.10.22

By April 10, 2022Daily Bread

Good morning!

I hope this day finds you and your family well. I invite you to take a few moments with me to read and reflect upon today’s scripture selection — and to carry these thoughts with you into your day.

Today’s Scripture: Matthew 8:18-22

18 Now when Jesus saw great crowds around him, he gave orders to go over to the other side. 19 A scribe then approached and said, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.” 20 And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” 21 Another of his disciples said to him, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” 22 But Jesus said to him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.”


Tim’s Devotional Reflection for Today

Here we have the words of Jesus to a would-be follower. Jesus’ words sound harsh, but they may not be as harsh as they sound, though certainly there is urgency in them.  It is likely that the scribe’s father wasn’t dead and maybe not even close to death.  This would-be follower of Jesus most likely meant “I will follow you after my father has died.”

Maybe the point Jesus was making is that in everything there is a crucial moment to act and to move forward and if you miss that moment, then whatever it is will likely never happen.  The man in the story certainly had felt the need to respond to Jesus with the direction of his life — to move forward charting a new path.  But, if he missed that moment, then he might never do so.

Have you noticed that every time you have the feeling you need to do something in particular, and don’t do it, that you are less and less likely to do it at all?  Maybe it is the idea that “it’s the thought that counts” that allows us to substitute the thought for the action.  There is an urgency in Jesus’ teachings.  He urges us to act now.

Is there something important you need to do that you have been putting off?  A letter you need to write?  A phone call you need to make?  A check you need to write?  An act of service you need to do?


Hymn: “Jesus Calls Us”

Cecil Frances Alexander (1852)

Jesus calls us o’er the tumult
of our life’s wild, restless sea;
day by day his voice invites me,
saying “Christian, follow me!”

As the first disciples heard it
by the Galilean lake,
turned from home and toil and kindred,
leaving all for his dear sake.

Jesus calls us from the worship
of the vain world’s golden store,
from each idol that would keep us,
saying “Christian, love me more.”

In our joys and in our sorrows,
days of toil and hours of ease,
still he calls, in cares and pleasures,
“Christian, love me more than these.”

Jesus calls us! In your mercy,
Savior, help us hear your call;
give our hearts to your obedience,
serve and love you best of all!

Thank you for sharing this moment of your day with me, with God, and with these reflections on a portion of scripture.  I hope you will carry these with you throughout your day and night.

Grace and Peace,

Dr. Tim Bruster
Senior Pastor


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