A couple of weeks ago I was watching a documentary about people who live with a few things; no luxuries, no big closets, no house with swimming pools, no fancy cars or cellphones. And they were happy; happier than before when they had a 6 figure income. They quit “having it all” to have what they need, what really matters to them.
So, I felt empowered and the next morning I was getting rid of a huge bag of clothes I stopped wearing long ago.
This exercise got me thinking about what really matters. So I thought about all the things I could live without that I thought I needed… and the things I have now, that I wouldn’t be able to live without.
Some days after that, one of the pastors at church talked about something very similar. He started by pointing out how the world makes us think that our happiness relies on things. The latest cell phone, the biggest house in the best neighborhood, the fastest car, etc. He mentioned how the newest generations are growing up thinking this too, at a younger age.
But you and I both know that this couldn’t be farther from the truth.
We know that the only thing we need, the only thing we can’t live without is… The Cross.
We may be missing everything except for The Cross. It gives us purpose = to share it with the world.
Everything Jesus did, He did with a purpose: The Cross. It’s the biggest gift and the one thing that we need, for it gives us intimacy with the Father; it’s what lets us be in His presence. The Cross is the way He tells us: “you take care of my business and I take care of yours”.
Our job is to talk about the Cross and let others know more about our Saviour, Jesus Christ. The Cross is not a landscape. It’s not for us to see and contemplate. We must rise up and stand up as God’s people and make his dreams true.
We are here because our Father created us for a special mission = OUR LIVES HAVE A SPECIFIC PURPOSE IN GOD!
Ephesians 5:15-16 tells us that we must be wise and to make the most of all the opportunities we have in these evil days (Isaiah 5:20). It tells us that we must not be fools and to take advantage of the time that is gifted to us. In other words, every day is an opportunity to make God’s dreams true here, on Earth. So it shouldn’t matter what comes our way… We must insist, insist and insist and declare that our hands won’t be tied and that we will see God’s glory.
Remember that Heavens are waiting for us because it cost Jesus’s life. So ask yourself: do I prefer living according to the world or according to the Cross? What did Jesus prefer? We must live according to God’s will to bring Heaven down to Earth, just like Jesus did (Jesus accepted God’s purpose for Him and made it real: Matthew 26:39).
In that prayer, Jesus was reaffirming what He was born for, and He told his Father that above his need He wanted to hear and live the Father’s needs. When we surrender just like Jesus did, we become more sensible to God’s authority to see what the world needs from Him and we can take it to his presence so He acts upon it.
As Jesus’s prayer continues, He says: v.41 “Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak!” As God’s children, we might be willing to do what He asks us to but we are not able to do it in our own strength. We want to act upon it without prayer, without surrendering our lives… hmmm it’s not gonna happen.
We must conquer the purpose in our prayers so that our own dreams aren’t more important than God’s and his dreams become our hearts.
Jesus saw the Cross, the Father, and his dream. The Father saw a Son pushed to the limit in obedience and He carried out the Father’s plan to death. Then the Father received him and saw his Son’s glory.
God doesn’t see how small we might be; instead, He set us apart to glorify him
I hope this post has helped you to identify some ways in which God helps us stay focused on him and the Cross.
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Be gracious and don’t forget God’s love never fails.
P.S: A quick recommendation before you read the next article 😉 … I just watched the movie “Do you believe?” and I gotta say I loved it! At one point one of the characters says: “I’m ready to give my life to Jesus, no holding back.” (Pretty much what the articles is about 😉 ). Hope you watch it and like it too!