The Lord has called us to take up our cross and follow Him. Our Father offers a part, a ministry, to each of His children…we just need to pray and seek His leading and step into our place. The Americanized version of Christianity is foreign to the Scriptures and to the heart of every genuinely born again believer. Faith does not involve trusting Christ to give us a cadillac or plush house to live in ease. It calls us to come and die to our ways, and to embrace with joy a willingness to suffer for a greater good.
When God calls us into the place He has prepared for us, initially our hearts will be fearful and the task will seem impossible. That is why it is a call to faith. It requires a supply and a power outside of ourselves to accomplish. It calls us afresh to Christ crucified and resurrected. He wants to reveal His glory through these earthen vessels. (2Cor. 4:7)
Let us embrace the Cross of Jesus…the one with nails! Our version usually is overlaid with gold and has no sharp points…it doesn’t hurt. His cross bids us to surrender our will, die to our ways, suffer for His sake and love the unlovable.
Faith is not a ride in a cadillac. Faith is a life to do the impossible, for God’s glory, for His name sake, with a focus on the resurrection. Do you hear the Lord’s Voice? He is calling us to take up our cross, nails and all, and follow Him! He is calling us to embrace the victory of truly knowing Him, the fellowship of His sufferings and conformity to His death. This is faith…anything less is just smoke, mirrors and deceitful hand waving.
“That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death:” (Phil. 3:10, Apostle Paul from a Roman prison)
“Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.'” (Matt. 16:24)