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Sunday, May 26, 2013

Living My Faith: The Cost

Never forget that living your faith is all about Him. You may begin your Christian life called out of love for your Savior. Your heart initially burns with the wonder of what God has started only to find along the way that your inability to surrender control to the Lord chokes out spiritual life. Never forget that you have no ministry without Him. Never forget that the least is greatest in the Kingdom of heaven. Jesus came to serve. You are called to have a servant’s heart, and are no better than those who look up to you. If a person feels the need to declare his humility, then humility is not really a part of his life. True humility is a powerful tool. It reveals that spiritual power in a believer’s life has been placed under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

The cost of living the Christian life should only be counted spiritually. Danger exists in humanly counting the cost of commitment. Taking too much stock in what is required personally causes you to retreat from the depth of inward commitment necessary. Too little human commitment and your desire to live for Him fades away. However, there is safety is spiritually calculating the cost. When the price com is spiritually counted and the cost is absolute surrender to Jesus Christ, then biblical paradoxes take on new spiritual depth! Servitude brings greatness. Weakness brings strength. To live is to die, and to die is to live.

Your life in Christ requires a personal willingness to grow. God doesn’t want you “burned out and used up” because of His call upon your life. He wishes you fresh, alive, and able to pour His life through you. Give whatever is necessary spiritually. You will receive the empowering presence of the Holy Spirit, and what is so important, you will inspire commitment. Spiritual growth within you and within those who God has brought into your life will be a reality.

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