Happy Wednesday Girlfriends! We are just a few days away from the biggest celebration for a Christian…RESURRECTION SUNDAY!!! The day that defines our total being, the day that we celebrate the GREATEST sacrifice, the resurrection of our Lord and Savoir Jesus Christ!!!!
We can so easily get caught up in the Easter Sunday suits, Easter egg hunts and baskets, but today I want us to reflect on the real reason for the celebration…Jesus! He was beaten, abused, spat upon, called out of His name, nailed to a cross…for one reason…you and me. He paid the ultimate price so that we would live again through Him! But it doesn’t stop there. We honor and give much thanks to the price He paid that day, but now what role do you play in all of this? In Matthew 16:24 – 26 Jesus gave a declaration for becoming His disciple:
Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to follow Me [as My disciple], he must deny himself [set aside selfish interests], and take up his cross [expressing a willingness to endure whatever may come] and follow Me [believing in Me, conforming to My example in living and, if need be, suffering or perhaps dying because of faith in Me]. 25 For whoever wishes to save his life [in this world] will [eventually] lose it [through death], but whoever loses his life [in this world] for My sake will find it [that is, life with Me for all eternity]. 26 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world [wealth, fame, success], but forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?
Let’s take a moment of self reflection here. Have you really taken this scripture to heart? Have you truly denied yourself, your agenda, your “plan” to follow Jesus. Have you made the declaration that whatever happens in my life I follow Jesus NO MATTER WHAT. How quickly do we turn away from the Master when something doesn’t go our way or according to our own plan? Is the “despair” really worth it? Okay yes, I get it, we are human and we act upon our flesh and emotions at times, but when will we surrender all, throw up our hands and truly say “Lord I’m Yours, use me in anyway you see fit”. I know its hard to digest but it’s right there in the scriptures. If we call ourselves disciples of Christ then we must endure the storms of life, take up our cross, surrender it all, deny our own selfish ambitions and follow Him. Its as simple as that.
Remember this one thing… He already paid it ALL on the cross on Calvary. The broken heart, the misunderstanding, the doubt, the worry, the illness and/or disease, the divorce, the loneliness… He endured it ALL. If He thought that much of you and me, then why must it be so hard for us to follow this one commandment?
Have a blessed remainder of Holy Week and a Happy Resurrection Sunday!
Peace & Blessings,