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IMPACT Series Devotions

Companion devotions written by our staff for YOU, exclusively for our Impact series.



Impact: Decision (Day 6)

  • When did you decide to follow Jesus?  Take a few minutes and think through why you decided to follow him.  What were your thoughts and feelings during that time?
  • Read the story of the rich young ruler again (Matthew 19:16-30; or Mark 10:17-31; or Luke 18:18-30).  
    • Jesus realized this about the young man – that he was trying to add Jesus to his life.  Jesus wanted the young man to make him everything in his life.
  • How have you tried to add Jesus to your life?  Or another way to ask that question is, “How have you tried to keep control of part of your life?”.
    • What have tried to keep control of in your life?
  • What makes you trust Jesus?  If we have decided to follow him, that means that we trust him.  Think of areas in your life where you do trust him.  
  • There is a direct correlation between trust and decision.  If you trust that Jesus as your Lord and Savior, then he has to be the one who guides you and  helps you.  One of the amazing things about God is that he loves you, wants you, wants to help and guide you but will only do as much as you allow him to do.  So if we decide to not trust Jesus with areas of our life, he will push, want and encourage you to trust him, but he will not decide for you.  We must have faith in him.
  • Know that God loves you and has purpose for you.  Trust him and decide to follow him completely.  
  • Psalm 37:5
  • Proverbs 3:5-6
  • Romans 8:28
  • Philippians 4:6-7
  • 1 Peter 5:7
-Myron Klesner


Impact: Decision (Day 5)

Life is filled with big decisions! You would think by the time everyone reached adulthood, they would be “pros” at making decisions, but we all know that it isn’t the case. Following Jesus is one of those big decisions. Actually, it is the biggest decision that you can make. It should not be a half-hearted one, but a complete and total commitment to following The Way, The Truth, and The Life. 

There are a few things that get in the way of following The Way.

First is Ignorance.

You could be unaware of how God wants to change your life and how incredible it actually is. The Old and New Testament are filled with these stories! God is a professional at making broken things new again.  

Second is Fear.

Total commitment can often bring fear because we have to completely surrender to the will of God. We are afraid of the unknown and what’s to come. We don’t like the fact that we don’t have complete knowledge or control of how God is going to use us. This unknown is actually a beautiful thing because we limit ourselves so much! God will surprise you and use you in ways that you couldn’t have imagined. Don’t let fear hold you back!

Third is Apathy.

It is the feeling of, “I’m okay where I am right now.” You could be in the bottom of a pit, but you just don’t care to get out of it. Jesus said he that he came that you may have life, and have it to the full! (John 10:10) Don’t let past disappointments get in the way of what God has planned for you. 

These three things keep people from really committing their life to Jesus. Here are a few questions for you to ponder today:

  1. Has ignorance kept you from really committing your whole life to Jesus?
  2. Is fear of the unknown something that you’re afraid of?
  3. Are you satisfied where you are now and don’t want God to change you?

 Jesus wants all of us, not half of us. Don’t let anything get in the way of that decision.

“Heavenly Father, I thank you for being the master planner, the one that I can completely trust with my life. If there is anything keeping me from really following you, please help me identify them and work through them because I know your will is so much better than mine. Amen.”
-Kendall Beye


Impact: Decision (Day 4)

To be alive at the time of Jesus and meet him face to face, can you imagine how great that would have been? Don’t get me wrong, I know that having the Holy Spirit is better, because Jesus told us so. Yet to be able to walk and talk with him in the flesh, that would’ve been something special to experience (to say the least). 

One of the reasons I think we like the idea of being in the physical presence of Jesus so much is simply this: answers. If you asked him a question in person, you’d expect that he would quickly respond. How many of us would love to be able to talk with him just so we could get instant answers? 

There was a man in Mark 10 that we refer to as the “rich young ruler” because we really don’t know a lot about him. He asked Jesus a question, a great question, actually the best question he could ask: “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” If you’ve got only one question you can ask Jesus, I think this would be the one. But here’s the dilemma, when Jesus is asked a questions, often times he presents the asker with a decision to make. He told the man to sell everything he had, give it to the poor, and then to follow him. Unfortunately scripture tells us that the man went away sad. This was a decision he made and unfortunately his wealth won. That’s Jesus though. We know that the decision to follow him will cost us everything ultimately. Jesus said in Matthew 16:24-25 Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.

The decision costs us everything, but the decision is also worth it.

What decision might Jesus be challenging you to make?
-Adam Green


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