I was talking with girls in my connect group this past Sunday and the topic was salvation. We were talking specifically about what we thought of Christianity and what it meant to have a relationship with Christ when we got saved - for many of us that was a while ago. It was interesting to see how much we’ve grown since then but also to hear about each of our when-it-clicked-moments.
One of the girls who got saved in the last few months said it clicked when she realized she needed to give God more than parts of herself and only parts of her life but rather she needed to give Him all. Her WHOLE life, including past circumstances and future decisions. This also means, present moments.
Another girl in the class mentioned (in wisdom beyond her years) that there are many conversions in the Christian life. Sounds interesting, right? She is right on.
You may be wondering, how so?
There is the initial one of salvation but there are many later as we grow closer to Him and maybe realize we need to give Him a part we haven’t. So, we are completely His. It is dedicating our life. And I added, this happens daily.
This is what Jesus meant about picking up our cross daily:
Luke 9:23, “And He was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me.”
Even as a Christian, we have the choice everyday to follow Him and trust Him ON THIS DAY. Every morning before I leave the house I try to make sure my heart is in the right place. That I have given Him today.
That I’ve taken up the cross for today.
I ask Him two questions:
How can I give You glory today?
Is there anything I’m keeping from You? If so, please reveal it so I can capture it and give it to You.
Because I want to be all in. I choose everyday to take up my cross and follow Him, because this is what it means to go after Jesus. This is what it means to be His disciple.
Picking up our cross daily means in good and hard times. Not forgetting our mission when life is perfect and not forgetting the gift of life when it isn’t.
The best step in preparing for these daily moments (come what may) is reading God’s Word. Trust me, you can’t be intentional about listening to Him and then get nothing from it.
Jeremiah 29:13 says, “You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.”
This is a promise. Picking up our cross daily isn’t about picking up our burdens, it is about being available. It is trusting Him with ALL.
Really it is giving Him our burdens and living abundantly. It is being intentional to live life now. To love on people and be the hands and feet of Christ. It is being on mission.
Tomorrow can worry about itself as Matthew 6:34 reminds us. Live today. This is where we are and where we can make a difference.
I'd also like to point out, He doesn't ask you to pick up someone else's cross. "He must deny himself, and take up HIS cross daily and follow Me." This is a personal decision. No one else can live your life. It is meant to be lived by YOU, as simple as that may sound!!
My prayer is that this will sink in, maybe for the first time. That God is personal and He proves His love through Jesus Christ. That at the cross He died for ALL our burdens and sins. That we can live abundantly, choosing Him every single day. So, we can give Him ALL.
This is Life Acclaiming Christ Everyday. Will you join us?
What do you choose today?
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As the founder of LaceDevotion Ministries, Elizabeth Foil has a heart for sharing the Gospel and inspiring others to be on mission right where they are. If you are new to the LDM fam, we welcome you here today. Please look around and connect with us. If you have a heart for missions, please make sure to message us! Trust Him in this thing called life, He is the Potter, we are the clay. Isaiah 64:8