THERE IS A CROSS BEFORE A CROWN
The Christian life involves hard work. It requires us to give up whatever endangers our relationship with God, to run with endurance (stamina, durability, patience, persistence), and to struggle against sin with the power of the Holy Spirit. Too live effectively (efficiently, successfully), we must keep our eyes on Jesus. We will stumble if we look away from Him to stare at ourselves or at the circumstances surrounding us. We should be running for Christ, not ourselves, and we must always keep Him in sight. Looking unto Jesus the Author and Finisher of our Faith; Who for the joy that was set before Him endured the Cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. Heb. 12:2.
God’s love is not static or self-centered; it reaches out and draws others in. Here God sets the pattern of true love, the basis for all love relationships—when you love someone dearly, you are willing to give freely to the point of self-sacrifice. God paid dealy with the life of His Son, the highest price He could pay. Jesus accepted our punishment, paid the price for our sins, and then offered us the new life that He had bought for us. When we share the gospel with others, our love must be like Jesus’—willingly giving up our own comfort and security so that others might join us in receiving God’s love. 16 For God so [greatly] loved and dearly prized the world, that He [even] gave His [One and] only begotten Son, so that whoever believes and trusts in Him [as Savior] shall not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:16
He suffered for the sins of the world upon that cross. No one else could ever have a cross like that, but He does give each of us our own cross to bear. But for now He reminds us of the cross that we will each have to bear if we are to go with God. Before the crown there is a cross. Before the victory there is a battle.
When we have made a determined decision to follow God, when we have denied ourselves, when we have taken up our cross; then and only then can we follow Jesus. Do not refuse your cross. Do not complain about it or run away from it. Gladly take up your cross for the glory of Jesus Christ your Savior. Bearing your cross is a challenge that requires a total commitment, but it is the meaning and the essence of the Christian life.
If anyone will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
REMINDER: THERE IS A CROSS BEFORE A CROWN!!!!
Love you and the Blessings of God be upon you
Prophetess Dr. Eleanor Nichols
“A WILLING VESSEL for THE LORD”