The closer you get to the Christ that would hang on a cross for you and I . . . the more you realize that the King of heaven did not tip toe through the tulips into a fallen dying world through some safe politically-correct self-help conference focused on you being the best version of . . . you . . . attaining all of your dreams and your goals and your more. Don’t feel too alone today if you find yourself more positioned to think about God in terms of what you want from Him for “your life” . . . versus understanding that apart from Him you have no life . . . for the disciples who had spent three years with Jesus were obviously still stuck on self and self-preservation when they shockingly asked as is recorded in Mark 10 . . .
“’Teacher’,” they said, ‘we want You to do for us whatever we ask’. ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ He asked. They replied, ‘Let one of us sit at your right and the other at your left in your glory’.”
How the disciples failed to understand the cost of glory . . . how they failed to understand that Christ had not come to rally the “fair-weather fans” of divine favor . . . but to ransom their life back from eternal spiritual death and the devil . . . and the price tag for that ransom payment would be His very life poured out as a sacrifice their sin. Christ’s death on the cross did not just purchase your salvation, it defined your life from now to heaven as we discover in Mark 10:42-45 . . .
“You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” – Mark 10:42-45
This is David “JB” Miller reminding you that the passion of Christ indeed becomes the great sifter . . . separating those who are bent on building their own enterprise at the expense of investing in others . . . from those who understand that life in a man’s soul can only come through the costly “anything but safe” investment of One who is greater, stronger, purer . . . hope and help can only be found through the death and resurrection of a sinless Savior . . . and to accept His mercy and receive His life necessitates and equates one gratefully following His lead . . . choosing to “live out their faith” . . . faith that first begins at the foot of . . .
. . . the candid cross.
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