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THE BELIEVER'S JOURNEY TO THE CROSS

23 And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified. 24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. 25 He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal. 26 If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.

John 12:23-26 (KJV)

TODAY'S DEVOTION:    APRIL 06, 2020

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PREVIOUS devotion:  APRIL 05, 2020

Reflection:

 

We all know that Jesus walked the road to Calvary, 

but did you know that believers also journey to the cross?

 

We've all been positionally crucified with Christ

(Galatians 2:20),

but those who hunger for Him participate in a deeper experience of this reality.

Jesus lovingly takes their hand and leads them to the cross.

Even though this is the last place anyone wants to go, it's the only way to partake of God's best for our lives.

The trip to the cross is not one you take with family and friends. It's a lonely journey with just you and Jesus.

He strips away everyone and everything you've depended on so that you'll learn to rely only on Him.

While we're at the cross, He uncovers layer after layer of self-deception until we begin to see ourselves as He does. Soon our self-centeredness, inadequacy, and failures are laid bare.

The cross is a place of brokenness,

but it's necessary because there's no other way we'll ever bear fruit.

If we hang onto our lives and refuse to take this journey, we'll be like a grain of wheat that is never planted and never grows.

But those who willingly die to themselves will produce an abundance of spiritual fruit

(read verse 24).

 

The only way Christ can live His life through us is if we've allowed ourselves to be crucified. “Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me."

(Matthew 16:24 /KJV).

God doesn't want you to be content with just your salvation. There's so much more He desires to give you and accomplish through you.

 

Are you willing to take the road to the cross with Him?

Yes, it's painful, but the rewards in this life and in eternity far outweigh any suffering you will experience.

Prayer: 

Lord Jesus, l acknowledged my selfishness and centeredness. I didn't realize the reason l still live today is because of You. Thank You that the sacrifice of Your blood on the cross is my salvation today. Though l am not worthy, but it's a joy to carry the cross of Your mercy and love all the way to eternity. Thank You Jesus for the cross. In Your Name l pray, Amen.

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