Ok good people, as we round the turn heading for the finish line, let me leave you with these sobering last thoughts. Jesus himself gave the following admonition, it is found in Mark 8:36 “if anyone would come after me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life, will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me, and my gospel of the Kingdome, will save it. What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul, if anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the sone of man will be ashamed of him when he comes into his fathers glory with the Holy angels.” Need I say that Jesus was the ultimate example of someone laying down his life… even unto death. This even “unto death” reality is exactly what we are called to. Revelation 12:11 says “they love not their lives, even unto death” there will be many in these last days who will be called to live out this sacred, and Holy calling, and I am one of them. Yes, God has prepared me from a child to prepare me for this reality, and frankly speaking in truth, I can’t wait. I consider it the least that I can do. Afterall… life is a pay me now of pay me later proposition.
Let me be completely honest friends I am tempted at this point to try to define what laying down your life on a day to day basis looks like. Truth be known, and getting down to the bottom line, regardless of what your lips are saying, deep in your heart where only God can see, you are either willing or unwilling to lay down your life on a day to day basis. I am not the Holy spirit, so I will not attempt to do his job for him. He will lead you into all truths, he will give direction to the truly willing soul. I believe he is eager to put him to the test.
For whatever it’s worth, I have learned to face my worst fears, by asking myself the following question, “What’s the worst that could happen,” or to say scripturally, “to count the cost”, then I resolve to so it, of course with his help. The following poem “ME, ME, ME” attempts to magnify our very worst enemy, which in truth is none other than ME!
God Speed, thank you so much