“And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.” (Matthew 10:38-39)
We live in a day and age of a line of thought that is expressed by this generation as, “You do you”. Meaning, just be yourself, do what makes you happy and don’t conform to anything that constricts your desire whether those desires be financial, sexual or even mental. We are being assaulted on all fronts with this push for freedom of restraint.
Now, there are some areas that I would agree that freedom needs to be expressed and attained and that is concerning anything that would bind us to something contrary to God. For example, legalism in the church. I am not going to run that rabbit trail because everyone’s definitions vary, but I will say that if you are “compelled” to act in such a way to please man before you please God in accordance to His Word, then you are wrong. It should be God first…and ONLY.
Just follow the Bible. Study It. Dwell in It. SUBMIT to It.
Jesus tells us in today’s passage in Matthew that if we aren’t willing to be compelled to carry our cross, deny ourselves and follow Him, then we are not going to find peace in this lifetime. With Christ lies true peace and happiness. With Christ we find meaning for our lives. With Christ we find strength to endure, serve and yield. Without Him we lose it all.
Don’t you wonder why so many people are sad these days? I mean, have you ever seen so many people seeking help for depression, anxiety and stress? No one seems to have peace about their current situation. (I’d love to throw a good democrat joke in here, but I don’t talk politics here)
I am writing on this today because I am seeking God’s help in this area of my life. I figure if I struggle with it, then so does someone else. And, when I struggle with something, I look to see what the Bible has to say about it first. Usually after studying something out, I feel the Holy Spirit pressing His heavy finger on what my problem is. And guess what? I have a choice. I can follow Jesus, being compelled to carry whatever HE deems fit for my life where I will find joy in Him, or I can deny Him and please myself and live without true peace that I am doing what is right.
If I could put a gif or meme in here I would insert one of someone banging their head against a brick wall because that is what I feel like I spend half my life doing. I don’t know why I can’t follow simple Biblical instruction sometimes! I mean, I know that doing what the Scripture says will help me, but so often I refuse to obey it.
Jesus lays out a pretty clear plan for us doesn’t He? Let’s just decide to obey It.
Until Next Time, Lord willing,