Are You Avoiding Your Cross? You May Be Avoiding Your Joy, Too.

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Are you shirking part of your work? I think most of us know when we are doing this. As enigmatic as finding God’s will often seems, we seem to know fairly quickly if there is something we are neglecting to do. God has placed us where we are at this moment in time for a reason–to work in co-operation with Him in accomplishing His work here on earth before His second coming. Being faithful in the daily, ordinary tasks that contribute to the greater work can feel like slogging through mud sometimes. But it’s the only way to get any real work done.

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And it’s the only way to feel joyful. Our joy is to be walking beside Christ our Shepherd, sharing in His joy as day by day the workings of His plan unfold before us. Turning away from our work is turning away from the comfort of drawing near to Him. We become like sheep who have wandered into the cold shadows of the brush nearby, rather than walking in the warmth of His side. Jesus, Himself acknowledged this in John 4:

34 “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.”

During Lent we remember the lowliness of Christ and the work He did to accomplish our salvation. It’s a good time to ask ourselves what we are doing that we shouldn’t or what we aren’t doing that we should. For me, among many things, I am not walking and praying as I should. What is it for you? Ask for the strength to be obedient and sidle up next to the Savior and do it. He will be there with all the warmth and strength of His presence.

“Then he said to them all: ‘Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. 24 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it.” Luke 9:22-24

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