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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Will I?

“For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it” Matthew 16:25, NIV

“In a deeper sense that any other species of earthbound creature, I am called,” Elisabeth Elliot writes in Discipline, the Glad Surrender, “and in a deeper sense I am free; for I can ignore the call…I can say no call came. I can deny that God called or God exists. What a gift of amazing grace—that the One who made me allows me to deny His existence.”  When I say “yes” to God, then I am no longer my own. I have agreed to His call and His purpose for my life.

Jesus calls me to lose my life for His sake—to leave all my personal desires behind—to take up His cross and follow Him.  It is a call to absolute surrender of my spirit, soul, and body.  It is a call to the deepest discipleship. These requirements don’t attract a large number of followers, but for those who do follow, the result of such a decision is guaranteed.  Lose your life for Jesus and you will discover the infinite spiritual depth of your own soul.

Am I willing to allow the Lord to bring to birth the beauty of His passion in my life? God gives the freedom to choose either the shallowness of my own personal desire or the reality of His fulfillment.  When I trade my life for His life, I discover my true identity. Having searched all my life for fulfillment, I find the pearl of greatest price, and I am willing to give myself completely to Jesus Christ in order to possess it. “Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me,” David imparted (Psalm 42:7, NIV).The unfathomable depth of the Spirit of God calls out to that which I do not yet know myself to be, and bids me “come”.

Will I?

©2017 Lynn Lacher

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