Wednesday, January 30, 2013

GOTTA-GO!!!!


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GET WHILE THE GETTING IS GOOD! It’s often a good adage to live by. Learn to leave while people still desire you to stay. Leave when you've still got some game left. Know when you’re getting in over your head and it’s time to swim for shore. Know when it’s time to go and then go, while you still have your wits about you. As the Kenny Rogers’ song reminds us,

You’ve got to know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em,
Know when to walk away and know when to run.
You never count your money when you’re sittin’ at the table.
They’ll be time enough for counting when the dealin’s done.

     It all sounds like solid advice, but is it?

    What if Jesus would have followed that advice? Where would we be today? What about the Apostle Paul, or Martin Luther? What about Dietrich Bonhoeffer or Martin Luther King, Jr.? What about Mother Teresa or Elisabeth Elliot? What if these people, and countless unnamed saints, gave up when the going got tough? What, if when stormy seas seemed to prevail, these faithful ones jumped ship? Where would we be today?

     To follow Jesus is to take up your cross, the implement of death, and carry it willingly upon your shoulders. As Dietrich Bonheoffer wrote in The Cost of Discipleship, “When Jesus calls a man, he bids him come and die.” Not a very comforting thought, but one that surely agrees with Scripture.  The Apostle Paul penned, “I have been crucified with Christ, and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20)

     So, how do we live when life gets tough? We grab hold of the truth of Galatians 2:20. We live a life of faith, not in ourselves or our circumstances or even in our church, but in Christ the Son of God; this Son who loves you and gave Himself for you. To place your faith in anything or anyone else, will always lead to defeat. Our only hope is in Christ. As the hymn writer wrote,

than Jesus blood and righteousness
I dare not trust the sweetest frame, 
but wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
On Christ, the solid rock I stand;
all other ground is sinking sand,
All other ground is sinking sand.”

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