Jesus never says following Him will be easy. But it is rewarding. Enjoy your Day Sixteen reading.
Take a moment to look back through your notes. (Go ahead. I'll wait.) Are your notes clear and easy to understand? Will you be able to understand them a month from now? Have you completed all the assignments? Is your heart truly into what you are doing? Jesus said in Luke 13:24, "Strive to enter through the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able." Another translation says, "Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, for many will try..." Are you making every effort to enter through the narrow door or are you just trying? There is a difference. The assignments in this study guide are not just busy work. They are designed to strengthen your walk with God. Make every effort to get the most out of your time with God.
The Prodigal Son in Luke 15:11-24 is the classic example of how a life can be changed through faith in God. As a sinner, the son came to a realization of his own sinful condition and acknowledged his separation from the Father. After thinking his situation over he made a realistic assessment of his choices. He rehearsed what he was going to do and say and visualized it taking place. Then he repented of his evil ways and humbly returned to the Father. A change in belief leads to a change in thought and feeling which leads to a change in behavior. Remember this example next time you need to repent of your sins or need to help someone work through a change in their life. Just follow this biblical pattern.