I look at my hand-held cross and I want to remember. It’s a reminder and my eyes will look there continuously throughout the day.
As I look at the Cross I ask myself: do I live a Cross-shaped life? Is my life reflective of JESUS? It’s not what I do, it’s what I believe isn’t it? JESUS wants all of our hearts and when we read HIS truth we learn HIS heart for us…….
JOHN 17: 8-9 “FOR I HAVE GIVEN THEM THE WORDS THAT YOU GAVE ME, AND THEY HAVE RECEIVED THEM AND HAVE COME TO KNOW IN TRUTH THAT I CAME FROM YOU; AND THEY HAVE BELIEVED THAT YOU SENT ME. I AM PRAYING FOR THEM.”
JESUS PRAYS FOR US…….DID YOU KNOW? What HE did………on the CROSS……..HE did for you and for me. JESUS in HIS surrender on the CROSS, opened HIS arms wide, hands too, so that we (not necessarily them) could pound the nails into HIS wrists. We did that you and me! And HE chose those nails for us! HIS pierced body was for all our sins.
Shouldn’t we surrender to the power of the CROSS and crucify our prideful selves? Our egos? Our wants and needs?
Surrender doesn’t happen on it’s own. It is a breaking of our own will………to fully admit our sinful selves and take it all to the foot of the Cross, realizing that we are helpless there and only JESUS can redeem us there at the Cross.
Being broken and sharing that brokenness with others points to the Cross……..because if we were never broken in the first place, how could we ever have a need for the ONE who died on the Cross?
A Cross-shaped life is a humble life………one that learns HIS truth and reads it daily……..not just pulling out the Bible when needed, but always with a teachable spirit of one who knows that GOD’S wisdom is above all else and HIS truth is needed greatly in living this Cross-shaped life.
PROVERBS 8:10 “TAKE MY INSTRUCTION INSTEAD OF SILVER, AND KNOWLEDGE RATHER THAN CHOICE GOLD, FOR WISDOM IS BETTER THAN JEWELS, AND ALL THAT YOU MAY DESIRE CANNOT COMPARE WITH HER.”
NOTHING COMPARES……..nothing in this life compares to GODLY wisdom. Wisdom being the quality of being wise, to have good judgement, to learn and acquire knowledge.
PROVERBS 8:33 “HEAR INSTRUCTION AND BE WISE, AND DO NOT NEGLECT IT.”
Wise men and women still seek the LORD!
Seeking GOD and living out HIS principles goes against the grain of our current culture. And so we have to examine ourselves and ask: do I live daily with purpose, intent and do my words and actions reflect the Cross?
A Cross-shaped life is a sacrificial life………it is a life that is obedient and alive, living in righteousness with true character. It is a life of true purpose………a faithful, honest way of living with JESUS on the throne of that life.
JESUS IS OUR CROSS SHAPED PRIORITY.
A Cross-shaped life is all about love, above all else………it is a life that truly loves JESUS and wants to be HIS hands and feet in this world. In the midst of HIS pain, JESUS spoke love from the Cross and we should speak in love too.
A Cross-shaped life will be one that is persecuted and mocked by those around it……..JESUS said we would be persecuted and HE prayed for us, that we would endure.
JOHN 17: 14 – 15: “I HAVE GIVEN THEM YOUR WORD, AND THE WORLD HAS HATED THEM BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT OF THE WORLD, JUST AS I AM NOT OF THE WORLD. I DO NOT ASK THAT YOU TAKE THEM OUT OF THE WORLD, BUT THAT YOU WOULD KEEP THEM FROM THE EVIL ONE.”
DEAR LORD, HELP US TO LIVE A CROSS-SHAPED LIFE THAT IS PLEASING IN YOUR SIGHT ALONE!
HIS wisdom, HIS love, HIS mercy, HIS truth and HIS grace will always be there for us, alongside us especially as we live this Cross-shaped life. Let us boast only in the CROSS because JESUS died there for us and let’s persevere in each of our lives, because the power of the CROSS should shape every aspect of our lives.
GALATIANS 6:14 “BUT FAR BE IT FROM ME TO BOAST EXCEPT IN THE CROSS OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, BY WHICH THE WORLD HAS BEEN CRUCIFIED TO ME, AND I TO THE WORLD.”