Daily faith is sometimes bitter. Jesus asks us to die every day. You died a little yesterday when you apologized to your co-worker or your spouse or your child. Today you’ll have to die again when you are mocked or passed over or trampled on, and Jesus calls you to respond with love and understanding. Tomorrow, we die again when our prayer is answered, “No.”
Following Christ is often sweet, but it’s always a killer. And the death is bitter. And yet it’s a good gift.
Every daily “death” I endure serves to pry my eyes off myself, and fit me more for loving others well. My friend Brandon Heath sings “gimmie your eyes” in one of my favorite songs of his. But that eye exchange is going to require massive surgery. It will require a long and painful recovery. There’s no other way for me to become like Christ, who endured the shame and pain of the cross for the joy set before him.
And so, I will always need reminding,
2 Corinthians 1:3-5 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.
John 16:33 – “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
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