Monday, August 15, 2011

IBS: Take This World But Give Me Jesus

 Mark 8:34—
And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”

In this verse, Jesus calls us to forsake everything other than Him, to follow in compete obedience by denying ourselves to become completely dependent on Him.
I want to Follow Jesus. I want to leave this world behind to allow Him to be my everything, to be my delight, and my glory. How can I carry the cross and follow Jesus if my arms are full of the things of this world and my feet aim towards things that lead me away from Him?
During worship this morning we sung a song that struck me. It said, “Turn your eyes upon Jesus, and look full in His wonderful face. And the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of his glory and grace.”
This is my prayer, that I will be so lost in the beauty of the Lord that I will turn my eyes upon Him and allow the things of earth to grow strangely dim.
I need to take up my cross, die to myself, in order to become anything the Lord wants me to be, in order to be able to be molded to what He has envisioned for me. 

Written: 8/15/11


  1. Amen. Me too. There are many lovers of the cross, yet few who are willing to carry it. How can we sing of loving it, claim to love it, yet walk away from it when we are asked to carry. Thanks for being so real in your blogs.

  2. I think I struggle with the same thing- I try to juggle the things of this world with what Jesus has called me to do. Being molded like this is painful, but the fruit that comes from it is always worth it :)