“and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.” 2 Cor. 5:15
“Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.” Luke 9:23
“I affirm, by the boasting in you which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.” 1 Cor. 15:31
“Will you go anyway – no matter how you feel?” the Lord asked me.
Here’s why He asked me this. Because where He was sending me I emphatically didn’t want to go. And I had made this plain and clear to Him in prayer. But instead of placing His loving hand upon me and rubbing my shoulder and back and comforting me and saying, “It’s okay, child, instead of my will, go ahead and do whatever you like and I’ll be perfectly pleased with you,” He asked me the question.
Would I go anyway?
In other words, would I choose obedience over my flesh? Obedience over my feelings? Obedience over my wants? Over my wishes? Over my ways? Over my comfort? Over my sense of security in my circumstances? Over the circumstances I wanted? Over my personal desires? Would I choose obedience? In plain English, would I choose CHRIST?
The Lord knows my heart. I would choose Christ. I would choose obedience. Just like I have over and again since going out on the road full-time for the Lord and ministry, I wouldn’t go to the places I wanted to go. I would go to the places He wanted me to go. And stay as long as He desired. And do what He wanted. Not for my sake, but for Christ’s sake. For God’s glory.
It’s not easy saying no to self. It’s not easy to die to self. It’s not easy to say NO WAY to what I want and say YES WAY to the will of the Lord Jesus Christ. But oh, the reward! Of choosing Christ! Of believing in Him. Of following Him. Of obeying Him. Of living to love, honor, praise, please, and glorify God almighty. Of the joy of knowing Christ more and more intimately. Of pleasing my precious heavenly forever Father.
Of living for Him instead of for me and this world. Of drawing ever closer to Him and Him to me. Of knowing all the circumstances of this life, and this life itself, all of it is temporary and fleeting.
But then there is forever. Forever with God through faith in Christ. And to this end I live. For Jesus. My beloved Prince of Peace, Lord of Lords, King of Kings.
I will go where God sends me. Despite my flesh. Despite self. As I die to self. Daily as the apostle Paul spoke of. Daily death to self. Taking up my cross daily. As Jesus commands those who desire to follow Him.
For whom do you live, friend? Are you living for you, or are you living for Jesus? Will you go where God sends you? And do what God desires you to do? No matter your feelings? No matter self? In spite of self. And die to self? To live for Christ? Will you live for the one who died and rose again for you?
Live for Jesus. Let us live for the King! And Lord! And Savior of this world! Forever God, may we live for Him! No matter the cost to our flesh. No matter what and whom we must let go. And leave behind. No matter what we must forsake.
May we be willing to forsake all and anything and everything for Jesus. Glorious King! Lord forever, AMEN!