The Cross. A place of love, mercy and grace. A place where my Lord willingly laid down His life for me, before I even knew of Him.
I’ve celebrated Easter for over 20 years as a Christian, this year God showed me something different about the Cross. He showed me the ‘other’ side, the side that not many of us embrace or even talk about. It is the side of obedience.
At the end of most churches services I’ve attended there comes an invitation to receive this gift of love. The gift of salvation. We are told this is a gift and it is given freely by repeating a simple prayer. Yes, the price of my salvation, a price I could not pay, was paid by the blood of the Lamb. But is this the full truth?
I’ve realized walking in this journey that there is a cost to it. The cost is great to be a follower of Christ, for he tells us in his word that we must pick up our cross.
Matthew 10:38 (NLT)
If you refuse to take up your cross and follow me, you are not worthy of being mine.
Matthew 16:24 (NLT)
Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me.
Wow! It does cost me to something to be follower of Christ … my selfish ways.
Have you ever longed to do something yet when the opportunity came you were
scared to death? Maybe at times you’ve doubted that you could ever pull it off ?
Then butterflies immediately begin to coward out the dream and the voice of
doubt screams “Really, and what gives you the authority to be a spokesperson for
God’s Word?” To be honest, this ruthless voice comes every time I have the
chance to share the Gospel message or my testimony. But here’s what I’m
learning: Our confidence must not be established in ourselves because then it
can easily position itself on a pedestal spelling out the word PRIDE.
As speakers or teachers of the Word, our confidence must rest in Jesus, knowing
He will directed you through the pages of the living word to bring His message
to the heart of the listener. If God has called you, He will speak through you.
Jeremiah 17:7 ( NLT)
“But blessed are those who trust in the Lord
and have made the Lord their hope and confidence.
I’ve been asked to speak and perform the dramatic monologue ‘Woman at the Well’
on April 18, 2015. I’ve done this more times then I can count, yet every time
those butterflies flutter in and the voice brings doubt. It’s then I must remind
myself to place my trust in Him knowing it’s going to be just fine!
It has been a long time coming, but I’m finally on-line as a website again. You’ll want to check back frequently as I will be regularly posting new thoughts, upcoming events, and just plain old sharing. I look forward to our time together again as we glow in the Lord Jesus.
They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony.
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