He asks nothing but death,
and you desire nothing but life.
How can you put up to Him a prayer for his grace, with a restriction that He shall only send it by a channel demanding no sacrifice on your part but ministering to the gratification of your carnal pride? – François Fénelon
There’s a simple fact that I find my self quoting quite often: you can’t get the right answer IF you don’t ask the right question. We want all of God’s blessings & grace but we’re unwilling to live a life of sacrifice and honor. We solemnly confess: “God, I want to know your will for my life” — how can He possibly answer this question? His desire is that you lose your life and follow His will — yes, join Him in what He’s doing and not the other way around.
The TRUE Christian life is an awesome adventure-filled, adrenalin-pumping, passionate, heart-pounding, risk-taking journey! It’s marked by face-to-face prayer, character-developing solitude and excruciating obedience. You must pay the price to be REAL. No short-cuts, no exceptions and no excuses!
Jesus put it this way: “Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat; I am. Don’t run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I’ll show you how. “ Matthew 16:24 (MSG)
Dying to self is not a figurative & religious tag-line or motto… it’s a literal requirement for discipleship. Life is tied to it… Suffering is a certain reality – flesh never wants to die. But, pain is weakness leaving the body. No one should be foolish and subject themselves to ‘punishment’ to expedite the process – that’s not how it happens. Dying to self is the process of submission – completely & quickly – to our Lord’s perfect will. An increase in His presence and His Word fine tunes it… and trust me, IF you don’t want to die to self – you won’t… your spiritual sounding allibi will be supported by the masses who, like you, want the appearance of holiness but without the power.
- Hate this post?
- Where are you at in the process of really LIVING?
- How can 2013 be something more than a repeat of the same cycle?
- Have you discovered the honor found in sacrifice & obedience?
- And now … ?
Living a Deathwish, Chilly
*picture from Dave Longstreth.