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#32 – Thursday – April 6, 2017

#32 – Thursday – April 6, 2017
“If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me.” Mark 8:34
Do we really want to be with Jesus and experience His Presence? He tells us the cost-we have to pick up our cross and follow Him. Although many interpret this as a call to suffering and a prophecy of hardship. A deeper meaning lies under it. Jesus’ words may imply suffering and hardship, but that isn’t His only purpose. His purpose is primarily to call us to a choice between our own lordship and His.
We can’t really worship Jesus and experience His Presence until we let go of ourselves. Jesus was clear that no one cam serve two masters. He said so in the context of money, but the truth applies to all relationships. Though our desires and His often overlap and our agendas and His often align, we have to choose which drives the other. In this relationship between human and divine, one has to take the lead. And it needs to be Him.
Some people try to crucify their personality along with all their gifts and desires, as though God wants the relationship to be all of Him and none of us. But if God wanted that, why did He create us to begin with? He already experienced having “none of us.” No, it’s our self-direction and search for self-fulfillment that need to go to the Cross. We can’t follow Him or know His Presence until they do. But if we’re able to let go-to allow our agendas to bow to His-we can know Him deeply and experience Him fully. He picks up those who have let go. And He fills the empty spaces of those who give Him room.
Jesus, I want to follow You fully, and I know that means I need to let go of being preoccupied with myself. Help me fully focus on You and Your Kingdom-to be totally preoccupied with Your purposes. Let me experience You to the degree I follow You.

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