When The Rubber Hits The Road

Today has been a 'rubber hits the road' kind of day. And it is only 8:30am! You know, A 'walk the talk' kind of morning, counting the cost, reality. What does it really mean to be a grain of wheat that falls to the ground and DIES. To take up my cross and follow Jesus. To lose my life in this world in order to find it. To love God with ALL of my heart, mind, soul and strength, to set my affections on the things above, not on the things of this earth, to be anxious for nothing and to seek first His righteousness. WOW!
Very sobering. but in the end, the sharp pruning knife of the Lord, though it hurts, does yield the peaceable fruit of righteousness.........when I yield ....that is.
And YES, it is worth it.
Specifics? Well I guess they could be different for all of us. What is God calling you to? What ever it is, If you are going to choose to follow, with all of your heart, mind, soul and strength, He, the Wonderful Vine Dresser, will have to prune you. To cut out that which will hinder you from producing the choicest fruit for Him, for His Glory. And I will not lie, it hurts. My advice to you is to yield, accept, let Him cut and shape you. Trust Him. The result is like no amount of self improvement that we could ever attain to. Letting Him work in you that which is pleasing in His sight is the only way. Remember, it is a straight and narrow path that leads to life. Maybe I should have titled this 'the secret to abundant life'. Because truly the result is abundant life. Losing your life for Jesus is the only way to gain abundant life.

To God be Glory! In my life and yours.



April said…
Hi, I just read your blog it really hit home with me. I have been searching the scriptures learning what it means to be a follower of Jesus. Counting the costs myself...so that was refreshing. God is so good that even while He is pruning us He allows the people we love to understand what we are trying to learn!

Today I read that no one will enter the Kingdom of Heaven unless they become like a little child. Matthew 18:3 and 4. I had to stop and think, what does this really mean? I mean I've read this verse countless times, but do I really understand it? I keep coming across these verses that I've known for years but have never really allowed to penetrate. I have been asking God to "give me ears to hear, and salve for my eyes" and I really believe he has been teaching me. Praise God!

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