Daily Delight

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. -Matthew 10:37

In Matthew 10:37, Jesus is very clear about the cost of following him. Not even the love of our family should be greater than our love for Him. Ladies, there are going to be decisions that God calls us to make in life that are displeasing to everyone else around. When we come face to face with this type of issue, it is important to remind ourselves that our Creator did not make us to please those closest to us. He created us to pick up our cross and participate in His mission for the world. Jesus promises that only in losing our lives to him will we truly find ourselves. He does not say this to cause division, He says it in order for His followers to know there is no compromise (Matthew 10:34). 

Our lives and roles in God's great, redemptive story will not always please our loved ones. But again, our lives are not about pleasing our loved ones. Our lives are for picking up our cross and following the call placed on our hearts by God and for God- no matter what that may look like. We must embrace the call, not live against it just because it may be displeasing to others. 

It's easy to understand the imagery of taking up our cross, but I think many of us struggle with understanding what that really means. Part of the self-denial aspect of taking up our cross means denying the "people pleaser" within us. Each and every one of you were made for things beyond your human comprehension- guarantee it. Today, I want to challenge each of you to make a promise to yourself to follow the Spirit of God wherever it leads you- always. God desires to take you to the special places where your passion and gifts are needed. Trust Him through every step of the way and I promise He'll get you there- safe and sound. Enjoy the journey. 

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