I’ve been thinking. A. lot. Which is somewhat detrimental to my overall efficiency throughout the day, but sometimes it’s good to mix things up a bit, right? But seriously, read the below with caution because I warn you-my below journey caused me to do some serious soul searching, heart changing, life risking stuff and will offer you to do the same. But the beauty is, if you are willing. With a little spice of courage given from our good God. The end result is a true, never turn back, rockin it with joy, purpose and freedom kind of life. So buckle up and get ready for the ride my friend if you so choose.
Now, has your mind ever been a little slow to catch up with what your heart (nudge from God) is telling you to do? And then the result is absolutely nothing. Changes. In. Your. Life. For. The. Better? And you wonder why? Where I end up is hanging out too much of the time is in a state of mental denial and rationalization, equaling a paralyzed state. My paralyzed state is my control or comfort state though and to change feels as though I were cutting off an appendage of my body. Graphic? Yes. But sorry, you’re getting the real and raw rather than the sugar coating today my friends. Here is where the “cutting off of the appendage for Jesus” happened for me this week:
This concept of claiming my identity as a “servant” of Jesus has been my “thing” during these weeks leading up to Easter. It has been an eye opening season of recognizing, by God’s grace, some food, drink, activities which I regularly cling to for comfort. And let’s be honest, I have known this for awhile but like I said up above, the mind was a little slow to catch up with the heart.
“No one can serve two masters: Either he will hate the one and love the other,or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?” Mt 6:24-25
The Matthew Henry Commentary gives this insight, Serving Jesus looks like this: “It is something the soul will have, which it looks upon as the best thing; in which it has pleasure and confidence above other things. Christ counsels to make our best things the joys and glories of the other world, those things not seen which are eternal, and to place our happiness in them. God requires the whole heart, and will not share it with the world.”
The words “devoted” and “despised” stood out to me in this verse. And I thought about my “unwind rituals” in the evening after a long kid and chore filled day. I felt the Spirit gently bring this question to my mind, “What food, drink or activity would cause you to DESPISE the someone or something forcing you to give it up?” Immediately with this one question, I was able to determine which “desires of the flesh” had become my master instead of Jesus. Ouch.
“Do not love the world or anything in the world.If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh, the desires of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not from the Father but from the world.” 1 John 2:15
So guess what? I am finishing off the rest of the weeks before Easter with some “dying”. To. Masters. Other than Jesus. Am I a little scared? “Yes.” But am I confident by the power of His Spirit I can do this in His strength and in “cutting off this appendage” I am only being strengthened and equipped to step into the “next” plans He has for me? Knowing the Kingdom rewards are real and best when we trust and obey Jesus? “Yes.” I can take Him at His true Word every time, “my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Phil 4:19 And “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Mt 6:333
- So I challenge you, my friend, with the “cutting off the appendage” question-“What food, drink or activity would cause you to DESPISE the someone or something forcing you to give it up?” And whatever comes to mind, are you willing to give it up with me and trust God to bring you His all surpassing joy from being obedient as you make ONLY Jesus your Master you are DEVOTED to?
- What needs to be repented of/confessed/layed down in your life in order for you to die to the flesh in order to embrace the true, abundant life in Jesus?
- What area of your mental thoughts needs to come “in sync” with your heart/Spirit’s leading so in unity you can bring glory to the Name of Jesus?
- How can I be praying for you? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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