And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39 Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. Matt. 10:38-39
Jesus certainly does not mince His words. He talks about bringing a sword instead of peace, cutting your arm off if it causes you to stumble, people hating you and persecuting you because of Him.
The Call to Follow.
Ultimately, the call to follow Jesus is not an easy one for our flesh. My natural tendency is to do what is comfortable and safe for me. My flesh doesn’t want to grab a cross and lose my life. But when I give in to the Spirit instead of the flesh, I find that on the other side of the ‘loss’ there is so much more life. Jesus states very clearly I will find my life when I lose it for His sake.
When we really look closely at Jesus’ words and the call to follow Him, it’s no wonder why the church in the USA has lost much of its influence. We don’t want to die. We have attached a human grace to God’s grace. We want to live for self and mostly by self and then receive blessing from God’s grace.
Ouch. My flesh hurts even writing this down. I’m no different from anyone else. I hope that as I am embracing this Sabbatical season, I will also embrace the death of my flesh. I believe that I will truly come back from Sabbatical filled to the brim if I come back with less of me and more of Him. That might mean a daily change in all my plans.
Jesus, I truly do want more of you and less of me. I want the courage and strength to live for you and not for the pleasure of my flesh and self. Fill me deeply with your Holy Spirit and give me the grace to die that I might truly live!
Denying My Flesh