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Matthew 9:9 As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth; and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he got up and followed him.
I sometimes walked next to them or behind them or talked with another teacher while they waited for me. My expectation was that they would be ready to follow my instructions at any given time. I loved offering them incentives for following directions, but because I wanted my students to learn without external motivators, they never knew when they would win a “prize” or a compliment.
As followers of Jesus, there are norms for us to follow and incentives for doing the right things. Jesus asks us to love God above everything and to love our neighbor and ourselves. This takes daily practice. The incentives of following Jesus sound like the fruits of the Spirit: joy, hope, peace, community, love, and all that God has prepared to satisfy and delight us.
MOVING FORWARD: Share a word of encouragement with someone who may be struggling.