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Weekly Devotional - May 17, 2017

“These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.” (John 15:11) Scripture Reading – Hebrews 12:1-4 Self-denial. Humility. Surrender. These are themes that are repeated throughout John 13-17, and are not ones that typically bring images of joy to mind. Instead, they imply difficulties, suffering, and discomfort. However, it’s the world that sends us the message that suffering is bad. The world continually tells us to seek our own self-interests and a comfortable lifestyle, but that’s not God’s way of discipleship. The way of God is the way of the cross. Just look at Jesus. Qualities such as self-denial and humility bring us closer to the Lord. When

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