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Matthew 16:23-26 (NLT)
Jesus turned to Peter and said, “Get away from me, Satan! You are a dangerous trap to me. You are seeing things merely from a human point of view, not from God’s.”  Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me.  If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it.  And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?
So often many of the tests and trials we Christians experience stem from the fact that we have not fully obeyed these Scriptures. That’s why Jesus rebuked Peter in verse 23. Peter was still “seeing things merely from a human point of view.” We cannot live for God AND live for self at the same time. Like oil and water, they don’t mix. I like to call it sitting on a fence. Have you ever straddled a fence for a long period of time? You know, one leg on one side and one on the other. It is NOT very comfortable at all. Well, it’s the same way when we are trying to live our life “our own way” and “God’s way” at the same time. After a while, that kind of living gets uncomfortable. After a LONG while, it gets REAL irritating to the point of being miserable. That is not the kind of “life” Jesus wants us to experience.
Do you want ALL of Jesus or only PART of Jesus? I’m sure you want all of Him; so do I. It only makes sense that He wants ALL of us too. That is why He told us to “take up our cross and follow Him.” It’s not that we have to die on a cross the way He did. But we must realize that when we invited Him into our heart, to be our Lord and Savior, we TRADED our life for HIS LIFE. In essence, we no longer live but HE now lives THROUGH us. Taking up our cross DAILY (Luke 9:23) is a REMINDER to us that it is NOT about us any more, it’s all about Him. On earth, in a democratic society, we have a “voice.” However, in a kingdom, which is how we operate as Christians while on earth, it is all about the King. It’s what HE SAYS that matters, not what WE think, feel, or come up with. See the difference? Sell out to God’s will for your life….TODAY. Trust me, we get the better end on that deal.
I have way more on this…stay tuned!