Wednesday, April 23, 2014

A Proper Perspective!

So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsakes not all that he has, he cannot be my disciple. (Lk. 14:33) 

Jesus' words are neither complicated nor vague. He simply says, "If you are going to call yourself one of My disciples, you must release your grip on materialism." To keep all this in proper perspective, think of it this way. He is not saying that we cannot possess anything, but things must not be allowed to possess us. To use His words, we must "give up" our possessions. 

Corrie ten Boom, that saintly lady who endured such brutality from the Nazis in Ravensbruck during World War II, once said that she had learned to hold everything loosely in her hand. She said she discovered,  in her years of walking with Him, that when she grasped things tightly, it would hurt when the Lord would have to pry her fingers loose. Disciples hold all "things" loosely. 

Do you? Can you think of anything that has a tap root to your heart? Let go! Give it up to Him! Yes, it may be painful. . . but how essential!

Strengthening Your Grip 

This post is a very revealing one! Revealing in the words that Corrie ten Boom spoke of. If we hold on to anything and/or anyone too tightly, it will be very painful when our Lord prys our fingers loose from those things and/or people in our lives. When we have become so comfortable with our lifestyles and environment, it's very easy for us to become complacent. As a result of that complacency, we immediately (at a sub-conscious level) take that comfort for granted and firmly grab hold and refuse to make any changes that would challenge that comfort zone we find ourselves in. 

It is at this moment when we must make every effort to gain a proper perspective. The best place to gain that proper perspective is from the cross. Jesus has provided us the very best perspective when He had to let go of His place in Heaven momentarily to come to earth, minister to large groups of people, performed many, many miracles, and then was event crucified to eventually resurrect on the third day. Instead of holding on too tightly to the comforts of heaven, Jesus had to be obedient to His Father to the point of death. 

I know for a fact that this perspective is not a very easy one to swallow. This perspective is not only challenging, but downright demanding. God's perspective on our lives is the perfect perspective. It is His perspective that leads us to the way everlasting in the way it eventually lead Jesus to the right hand of the Father that is in Heaven.  Wouldn't you want it any other way? Remember friends. . . Jesus is the Way, Jesus is the Truth, and Jesus is the Life. 

Jesus has already given us the proper perspective! Seek Him while He can still be found friends! Jesus loves you way too much for you to be left behind because you choose not to gain the proper perspective in regards to the way you need to live your life right now and where you will spend eternity. Have you given your place in eternity any thought lately? I highly recommend you do. 

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!. . . :-).