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Living A Crucified Life

the-sacrifice-of-isaacWhen God wanted to prove Abraham’s obedience, what did He use?  He used was what most precious to Abraham, his only son, Isaac.

He (God) said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.”  Genesis 22:2

God could have asked for 10,000 goats, and Abraham would have complied without so much as blinking an eye.  But God was not after Abraham’s possessions, He was after Abraham’s heart.  And what better way to tell whether Abraham was willing to give his heart to God than by requiring the thing that Abraham loved most?

And since the days of Abraham, nothing has changed.  God still requires the heart of every believer, given to Him without hesitation and without reservation.

Jesus said:

“If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.”   Luke 14:26

“Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.”  Luke 14:27

“So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.”  Luke 14:33

Jesus is very clear in emphasizing what God wants from us, only now, He does not say that He wants only what is most precious, He wants everything!

Just as with Abraham, God does not expect us to sacrifice all of our possessions and relationships, but also, just as with Abraham, God does expect our willingness to sacrifice everything.  And it is not good enough to just say we are willing, God knows the deepest intentions of our heart.  He knows if we are truly willing, or if our willingness is just so much talk.

Whatever we put before God, whether it is money, or power, or possessions, or relationships, these things are taking the place of God in our hearts, and they become our idols.

But if we are Christ’s,  truly Christ’s, we have crucified the flesh as Paul says:

And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.  Galatians 5:24

Having crucified the flesh, all is in subjection to Jesus, our Lord and Master.

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January 13, 2014 - Posted by | Christian, Faith, Spiritual Commentary | , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. Precisely! God wants an undivided, unswerving, single-minded faith in Him. Unlike Abraham’s days, there are now-a-days many things to divert our single-mindedness. So, it requires more commitment to get away from all the distractions around us to concentrate on God’s purpose for us. Surely, unlike Abraham, we are blessed more and more, given more and more opportunities to fix our attention on Him.

    Comment by antony4gospel | January 13, 2014 | Reply

    • Amen! Thanks for stopping by Anthony, and God bless you always!

      Comment by johnconstitution | January 14, 2014 | Reply


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