Day 4: A Living Sacrifice

Chances are, given that you are reading this, you’re saved.

First of all, if you are not saved or have questions about salvation, I earnestly urge you to find out more. Talk to someone about your doubts, message the Reckless Abandon Ministries page if you need to. You have no idea what you’re missing: A solace, a great love, a beautiful promise.

However, if you, like me, have been saved for a while; you’ll know we both face a very real challenge.

Yesterday, when Krys was sharing the gospel message, she mentioned that it can become cliche, monotonous… and isn’t that so true?

Whenever I go on a church camp or missions trip, I come back with this fiery passion to share the gospel, to talk to that friend who needs Jesus, to read my Bible; to be the person God wants me to be.

But I’m here again, at the top of the slope. The sermon is preached, the verses are memorised, the passion starts to die. Not with a bang, not with a snap; but slowly… until one day, waking up, I reach for the phone instead of the Bible.

I imagine you can relate. And deep down, we know it’s not right, that we have to do more… but we just can’t seem to. Why does this keep happening? Let’s take a step back.

Jesus suffered on the cross for us.

No, really think about it. With all his strength, he had to pull himself up with the nails through his wrists, because if he dared relax, the muscles in his chest would tear, filling his lungs with fluid and he would literally drown in his own blood. Pain. Agony.

This, right here, is the result of the desires of a broken world.

I believe the key to our answer lies, not in what we’re drifting from, but what we’re instead drifting towards. If we’re drifting away from God, what else could we possibly be drifting toward, except the fleshly desires of this world?

If you could have anything, what would it be?

Take a moment to think about it.

Alright, your moment is up. What did you have in mind? The iPhone X? A mansion? A trillion dollars?

“And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.” – 1 John 2:17

Let’s take it from a man who had everything he could dream of. Solomon, the richest man alive, could quite literally do anything he wanted… And he did. The Bible says “He denied himself nothing his eyes desired”. And you know what he said at the end of it all? “Meaningless. Utterly meaningless” (Ecclesiastes)

I mean, honestly, what will happen to anything you have of value once you die? We’re only here for 80 odd years. Compare that to eternity.

I believe this is the mindset Jesus wanted us to have when he said:

“If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” – Luke 9:23

Apply it:

Perhaps the answer to our struggle lies in an often overlooked part of the above verse, that we are to deny ourselves daily. Challenge yourself to renew your perspective of this world every morning, remind yourself of the riches and treasures that are of eternal value.

And remember: we may not belong to this world, but we’re here for a reason.

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