Meditations of the Heart

Did you know, we can all quickly move from the heights of spirituality, plummeting to the depths of calamity. Acting like angels at church, while some act like demons at home. Pete demonstrates this as He attempts to circumvent the way of the cross. It reminds us that we don’t always understand where Jesus is leading us. So Christ Jesus shares with us in Matthew 16:24~If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. (ESV) Grasp that our cross is whatever makes it difficult for us to follow Jesus Christ. It may be a job, a fear, a relationship, even our pride. But, if we decide to follow Jesus Christ, by faith and walk out the scriptures we’ll have a cross to bear. In the Roman Empire, a convicted criminal was forced to carry his own cross through public streets to the place of execution as a sign of total submission to Roman rule. Christ Jesus takes this visual and says it is even more true for His followers.

Following Christ Jesus means we must totally submit giving up our selfish ambitions even our whole lives, to follow after Jesus Christ. Matthew 16:25~For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. (ESV) Born once, die twice, but if we are born again we will only die once. Did You know, on average in the U.S., every two minutes someone succeeds at suicide? Almost 50,000 people take their lives each year. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among teenagers, and these numbers continue to trend upwards. Why, Why does this happen in the most affluent society on earth? I submit to you the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. ~ Life isn’t worth living until you have found something worth dying for. Saints, that something, is a somebody because Jesus Christ is worth dying for. Paul writes it this way in Philippians 1:21~For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. (NIV) 

Living in Christ Jesus is to live on in the fruitful labor and service of our Lord. If our heart’s desire is to get the most out of life, then we must Get Connected so we can answer the Messiah’s question in Matthew 16:26~For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul? (ESV) Many people spend their lives trying to gain stuff, status, or standing. Some gain it all, but they’re the walking dead, spiritually lifeless, and one day, they’ll lose it all, but most tragic of all, spiritually bankrupt, they’ll lose their souls forever. Understand Jesus died on the cross to claim us as our Lord and He lives to lead us as Lord over all. 

Who are you following? The only way that we can truly follow after Jesus Christ is to make Him Lord over our whole life. Our spiritual life, our thought life, our secret life, our living breathing every day walking around life. That means we must get connected to Jesus who is our source. To do this we must realize who Jesus is and what He has done for us, even having the Father send us the Holy Spirit. Moreover, we must learn to visualize His purpose for our lives and who we fit into the plan that He has created for us. Then as we journey with Jesus, we must take time to analyze how we are following after our Lord. Romans 1:16~…the gospel…it is the power of God that brings salvation…(NIV) Why not take time today to examine how you are following Jesus. After all, it’s at the heart of our 21-Days.

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