Something that popped in my head after our sermon today. Our fill-in preacher is doing a great job of carrying on the challenge Pastor Don set to deny ourselves and live for Christ.
Warning: A fair bit of sarcasm begins this. It just kind of poured out of me. 🙂
Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.-Matt. 16:24.
Dying to Self
Jesus loves me,
This I know.
And so, He’s going to buy me a pony,
White as driven snow. 😏
I am His special chosen flower;
What some church meanies still call “wrong”
He has “progressed” to permission for
And grants me full favor every hour.
Every day is to be filled in a flash
With rainbows, sunshine, and steady cash,
Cotton candy clouds
And everything dandy allowed…
A life of pure ease
And all because He sees
How much I truly want and need
To be happy in these things…😇
Ahem… Poppycock to the extreme. 🙄
Oh, yes, Jesus loves us and this we do know.
But the Bible never says
Problem-free existence in this time
Will be so!
Sin remains sin no matter the face put
The pieces you’re attempting to insert
Simply do not fit.
We need a savior’s love-so true.
But do not then cheapen His
To suit you!
Grace abounds, yes,
In the precious blood shed
For you and me.
But Christianity has never meant Jesus
Is ushering in an approval to sin,
The proverbial cash cow we lust to
Nor a spinning pinata to whack out a
Load of freebies!
Oh, dear ones, I survey this sickened
And to my grief and dismay,
I must say-
We ask a lot of Jesus.
Oh, with audacity do we ask from Him!
We wheedle and whine,
And don’t even recognize
Half the time what should be
Our shame and chagrin.
And, then, of course, begs the question-
How much do we give in return, my friend?
Now, this isn’t about works.
We know works can’t save us.
But, the life of a believer should never
Center on the perks!
For setting our hunger to such serves
None but to re-enslave us!
Oh, when will we ever die to self,
Take up the cross and follow Him?
When will it stop being about what we
Wish to gain
And begin to be about the change
He wroughts within?
Ah, a quest to continue, I’m afraid,
Never to be fully achieved in these
Earthsuits in which we
But, praise God the price has been
May we keep placing our hearts in
And seeking from Him the strength to
Endure and abide!
May we indeed wake up each day with Matthew 16:24 in our hearts, strive to deny self, take up our crosses, and follow Him! Thanks for reading! Blessings and prayers, dear friends! ❤