Pondering Today 10/26/2020

“Jesus never tries to sugarcoat what He demands from us. Over and over again, He reveals that we cannot live in Him unless we are willing to surrender everything to Him. 

We can’t really live until the old us is willing to die. In Luke 9, Jesus offers perhaps His most radical call of surrender. A huge crowd of people surrounds Jesus, yet He never plays to the audience.

Jesus does not offer His listeners some sort of weekend Christian experience, an escape from their problems, an anesthetic for their pain, nor fire insurance from hell. Jesus calls them to come and die to everything that competes with His reign and rule in their lives. 

With ferocious compassion Jesus challenges, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” Jesus was demanding that everyone who wanted to follow Him had to place Him first in their lives. To follow Christ was to wage an intense war against the selfish sinfulness in their own lives.

The challenge was given not just to those listening that day, but for everyone who wants to find their life in following Jesus. A decision to follow Jesus is a decision to die to our old self-determining, self-absorbed, self-pleasing ways. It’s to place Jesus first in our lives. His will, His way, His plan for our life.”

Excerpt From

40 Days 2019 • Live Alive

the Journey

Pastor-James Hilton

About anitaskocz

ANITA JOYCE SKOCZ is a storyteller who resides in Central Florida. She credits her passion to her father, who dazzled her imagination as a child with his gift to weaver a tale. After a diving accident in 1978, Anita left the travel industry to journey the inner roads of her soul. The riches found on those adventures inward come to life in her children’s books. Anita’s books, “Crystal Star Angel” and “Kite Tale,” were inspired by the loving relationships her father had with his grandsons. From Where I Sit is a blog where Anita shares her life’s stories, or comments on current events from her soul’s perspective. Her insights can evoke laughter as well as take one on a reflective journey. In any case she hopes you join her each Wednesday for a new adventure.
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