What does it mean to be a part of God’s country (aka the Kingdom of God)? It is hard for us to understand the role of a King. It means that Jesus is in complete charge. It means what He says goes. This is tough. We need to get it.
We live in a world where all we hear is that we should be leaders. In business, that is all the rage. I don’t see much about following. Wonder why? Where are all the articles and books on how to be a great follower.
The cross is a cruel way to die but Jesus wants us take up our death daily and live His resurrection life.
God’s goal for us is to submit to Him and learn how to live His way. Jesus demands that we let Him lead the way. Jesus is in charge of God’s country. No if and or buts about that. It is done. God has made it happen. I have to get over myself and what I want.
This is core. Jesus leads. I follow.
Jesus challenges me to know and act like he is in charge. Why? Because Jesus, the Messiah, is in charge.
Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead.” ~~Jesus (Luke 9:23 The Message)
OR “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me.” (NASB)
Here are the key ideas:
- Jesus want us to follow Him and let Him lead the way
- We must deny what is important to us
- We should die to ourselves daily and live His resurrected life