Day 96: April 6, 2013

Today's Reading(s)

Matthew 8:18-19 Read Online
Matthew 8:23-27 Read Online
Mark 4:35-41 Read Online
Luke 8:22-25 Read Online


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Today's Reflection

Key Verse(s)

A scribe approached Him and said, “Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go!”

—Matthew 8:19

Who Will You Follow?
by Henry Dutton,

Each year I lead a group of about 25 college students, and we spend the summer sharing the gospel with nearly 4,000 kids and adults at CentriKid camps.

Serving as a Camp Director definitely brings its share of challenges. I've led teams through a host of unexpected circumstances: truck fires, equipment loss, tropical storms, flooding, and (sometimes) pure exhaustion. By God's grace, my teams have always rallied and persevered through these "make or break" situations.

Since leadership is so important to my job (and life in general), I'm committed to learning as much as I can about leadership so I can serve and lead others more effectively. One leadership principle I’ve recently learned is that people naturally follow leaders whom they respect and who are stronger than themselves (Maxwell, location 841).

Today's Scripture passages describe one of the great miracles of Jesus—calming the storm. This miracle is significant because it demonstrates Jesus' power over creation, and it shows that He’s omnipotent, or all-powerful.

From Psalms 65 and 89 it is clear that only God has power over creation, and omnipotence is a quality that only He possesses (Cox and Easley 87). Jesus' miracle of calming the storm, then, shows that He truly is God.

The disciples who were with Jesus and witnessed this powerful miracle were astounded, and they asked this question, "Who can this be? He commands even the winds and the waves, and they obey Him!" (Luke 8:25).

The answer to this question is simple. Jesus Christ is the image of the invisible God. All things were created by Him, through Him, and for Him, and by Him all things hold together (Col. 1). Simply put, Jesus is God.

Since Jesus is God, He’s certainly worthy of our highest respect. In fact, He’s worthy of our reverence and (healthy) fear. Since Jesus is God, there’s no one more powerful or stronger than He. It follows, then, that there’s no one more qualified to lead us than Jesus, and so comes the question, "Who will you follow?"

Can you truthfully say, as the scribe does, "Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go"? If not, what steps do you need to take to follow Jesus today?

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Cox, Steven L. and Kendell H. Easley. Harmony of the Gospels. Nashville, TN: Holman, 2007.

Maxwell, John. The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. Kindle ed. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2007.

Reflection Questions

  1. From today's passages, we've already seen that Jesus is fully God. Re-read the passages. What clues also demonstrate that Jesus was also fully human?
  2. If you profess to follow Christ, like the scribe, and you claim to submit to His leadership, do your actions and your life match up with this profession?
  3. Jesus rebuked his disciples for their lack of faith. What are some situations or times when you are prone to display a lack of faith? What actions can you take to live more faithfully?

About the Author

Henry Dutton
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Henry is a Camp Director with CentriKid Camps and a student in the graduate program at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He’s attended Brentwood Baptist since August 2011. Married to Amy, Henry loves to camp, hike, do things outdoors, and play games with friends, but he can’t stand to touch popsicle sticks. He’s a regular writer on the CentriKid Camps blog. You can keep up with him on Twitter @henryidutton.