If you are who you think and say that you are; and walk life out accordingly… You have made a life choice. If you call yourself “Christian” and walk life out accordingly… You’ve made the Right CHOICE to LIFE.
Choose wisely… your Life depends on it! And btw, nobody ever said it would be easy; matter-of-fact, quite the opposite.
If you call yourself a “Christian”… you better be right!
If you call yourself a Christian disciple… you better be busy!
By what do I call you… By what do you call yourself…
Who and what do you love? Where do you express it and from where is your motivation found? When needed or when convenient is your time frame? And… How do we know [you are]?
If you walk out to the street and expect there to be parades in your honor; trumpets to sound… introducing your words, your ‘vision’, your testimonials; tithes and taxes you pay, credited to your ‘right’eous account; or value in your name above all others…
Who is it, exactly, you love, you serve… and for?
If you fall down on your sword and claim ‘a voice of the martyrs’…
Who is it, exactly, have you fallen for?
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Luke 12:34
No one ever promised us a garden; rose or otherwise [including Eden]. None the less, we must produce fruit. Our circumstances are less than our desired accommodations… always. Still, the fruit. We all fall short… of our hopes, our dreams, our potential. [Even… with the fruit] We are flawed! This is why… we need the Savior. And if Jesus, having prayed in the garden for a release from the cup He must drink [for us] if it be His Father’s will, couldn’t escape His CHOICE… why should we expect different? Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.” Mt. 16:24 …Even if we are to follow Him to ‘the garden’ and drink from ‘the cup’ we make a CHOICE… to drink.
I have come to understand that the difference between ‘a Christian’ and ‘a disciple of Christ’ is found in the eyes of the heart[focus] and is walked out… by the sacrifice. “Who do you do what you do for… and why?” We all fail, but…
The “Christian” says “But my heart’s desire wants to do it right the first time. Oh my God, I love You. I need You. Save me from all that comes against me. Hear my cries, oh Lord, I am in need of repair, a rescue, a Savior. I choose You Lord; to drink Your living water.”
The “Christian” disciple says “Oh my Lord and Savior, take my life and make it Yours. I detest the sin of the flesh and my heart’s desire is to walk in and with Your Spirit always. I know that my only success will be found there [the Spirit]. I know I will fail, but Lord please ‘help my unbelief’. I want no more or no less than the cup You have prepared for me. I desire not to look to the right or to the left [at those around me and the dangers], but to fix my eyes on You Jesus, first, and trust You for the outcome. Let my words, my wisdom, my heart to love, be no longer mine to give. Teach me to lay down my life for our friends. Please instruct me in the ways befitting a child of the living God, and protect my inheritance in You Father. Do with me what You Will, my Lord. Let all of me… shine all that You are and use me for Your good purpose; to Your glory. I love You with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength and I trust in You alone. Prepare my mind for the trials and tribulations ahead with the armor of Your Spirit and intercessory prayer. Deliver me, oh Lord, from myself and evil; that I may be the salt and the light in the world, for Your glory. Flavor, season, and illuminate where You, God, see fit. I know this to be the hard choice, but for me, it is the only right one worth taking. Oh my God, I so want to dine, dance, and drink from Your cup… more, more, more.”
“And they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love.
Yes, they will know we are Christians by our love.”
[Song lyrics from “Pass it on”]
Lord, I pray I don’t have to keep repeating myself [with words] in making a convincing witness of my CHOICE for You. I pray the light of You so shines in me, that it is obvious to all who are in the house. And so be it my prayer for all, who choose to be called… “Christian”.