Editor’s Note: Our weekly guest spot is our effort to help our reading community connect with each other. It is important to remind ourselves of God’s sacrifice so that we can be reminded that if He could do SO much for us, we have the power (through Him) to reciprocate. Thanks for sharing your words Toni!
Literally, on the cross, Jesus was stripped down to His bare skin. We can say He “bared” it all, for us. Figuratively, we are called to do the same. We are called to strip away all the layers of self that would hinder us from complete submission to Him.
In our Christian walk, some of those layers include pride, self-sufficiency and self-promotion. Jesus was our example. He was a humble servant of His Abba Father, always submitting His will to the will of the God the Father.
If we say we are Christians, but we are doing everything in our own strength and power, are we really Christ followers? To be a Christ follower, it means that we have submitted to His LORDship in our lives. He then uses us to do what we do, but He is at the center of it. And the benefit of this is the fact that we are working in His power/strength and not our own. On our own, doing it all without His help, I guarantee you, we will grow weary. But when we have the unlimited power, strength, might, wisdom, knowledge and guidance of the LORD within us, we will never grow weary in our efforts. We will be able to accomplish more than we could ever dream or imagine.
Until we strip off all of us (our old self before we accepted Christ) and put on Christ (our new nature given to us by the Holy Spirit) we will never be as useful to the Kingdom as we could be. He bared it all for us, we need to bare it all for Him. Thank you Jesus.
Toni is a wife, mother, and grandmother who aims to share her love for Christ and to bring much glory and honor and praise and blessing to His most Holy Name. Find her at http://thinkinaboutjesus.wordpress.com.
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