To become like our Savior! Act like he would in all circumstances! Accept condemnation, accept rejection, accept crucifixion! Love, love your condemners, love your rejecters, love your enemies! Love the entire human race! Love your circumstances!!!
Oh to be like Christ! Oh to let the ways of this world run off our backs! How do we love those who would drive the spikes into our cross. How do we Love our rejecters, our crucifiers?
Our Cross, do we all have one? How many spikes have been driven in along the way? I think about being Christ-like and I fail. I feel like a failure in so many ways. I fail the test so many times! I’m not accepting of my condemners, I don’t accept rejection well, I want someone to take my Cross and let me walk in peace! Is that wrong, am I a failure to our Lord? I wonder how our God is watching my movie, I wonder what act of the play I’m in. I wonder if he’s thinking, YES I gave my son ten things today to make him more Christ-like and he completed two, he’s getting there! I wonder, will our God ever give up on us because we fail him so many times?
Love your circumstances! This s the hardest one for me, and I believe for so many! Lord, how can you ask us to Love the circumstances we all encounter along the way? I’ve watched many endure extreme circumstances and I’ve watched such suffering along the way. I’ve seen many give up on this command from our Lord, I’ve heard many state, how can God allow this to happen and they are mad. Mad at our God, mad at their circumstances, ready to quit the race, ready to call it a day. And they do, they quit God! But did God quit them? Is there a way back?? Yes, he’s waiting for the prodigals to come home! Please make your way, crawl, creep, one step at a time, make your way, he will still open up his kingdom for you when you return…
Me, I will call upon the Lord for strength, because each spike being driven in along the way, brings me closer to his image? He took his spikes and suffering for us all, he rose again victoriously! I think, for us, we take many little spikes along our way, and yes we may have to endure some huge spikes too.. But, I believe when the day comes and he calls our name, we will walk victoriously in his Kingdom, if we just HANG on!!!
When your taking on heavy fire and the spikes of this world are driven in. We all will feel like we’re failing, but let’s not give up? We’re passing the few tests we are able to and when we pass enough of them, we look a little bit more like our Savior .. Yes, I used to want to be a ball player when i was young, but now Christ-like, that’s what I want to be when I grow up.. I’m working on it, or should I say he’s working on it..
Ephesians 5:1-2 ESV
Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
1 Peter 2:21
For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps.
1 Thessalonians 5:18
Whatever happens, give thanks, because it is God’s will in Christ Jesus that you do this.