If I’m sharing this, it’s not because I’ve crossed the finished line and can now turn around and mentor those who are still behind. I still have my own struggles in this area; but as I learn, I share to bless others.
What does it mean to live the crucified life?
- Putting God first in everything I do. Not seeking my own pleasure first, but seeking to please Him first.
- Always seeking to know what He desires and wants me to do in each situation.
- Willingness to suffer rejection, humiliation, persecution and pain for His sake.
- The willingness to accept His will even at my own inconvenience.
- Acceptance that my own wishes, desires, will and pleasure are valid only if He validates them.
- Refusal to take the glory for any victory won, but giving all the glory to Him.
- The ability to say “Thy will be done”, from the very bottom of my heart.
Folks, this is the hardest part of Christianity and those who have attained to it receive of His spirit without measure.
May the Lord Himself help us to attain to such full stature so that we can indeed be His ambassadors on the earth.
Verse 5 of Psalms 23 is very much quoted but very little understood or applied. Yes, God has prepared a table for you in the presence of your enemies. Imagine the quality and quantity you can find on a table that has been set by God Himself. So, the problem is no longer whether we have enough to eat but whether we are willing to eat enough. The problem of Christians is therefore never how much God can provide, but how much Christians can receive. What is your receiving capacity?
Ever been to a party where there is so much to eat, but wanting to be civilized, you pick up a piece of salad and return to your seat? Then you get so frustrated and jealous of your neighbor who is having a nice time because he was courageous and bold enough to take as much as he desires. This is the attitude of many Christians. Some think that abundance will make them proud, sinful and then they will miss heaven. “… did Jesus not say it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of the needle than for a rich man to enter heaven?”
If it takes poverty to keep you humble, holy and righteous and ultimately make heaven, then you are missing out on something . As a born again child of God, you should be able to manage millions in your bank account and still be in a good spiritual shape before God. You should be able to dress like a prince and be humble at heart like a beggar; it is not what you have that should control you but the other way round. Your money does not tell you where to go shopping and when, you decide how to go about it. While we quote Solomon as a case study of failure to be rich and remain righteous, remember Abraham and Isaac who remained level–headed in spite of if all.