And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.
~Luke 9:23-24, ESV ~
The very inspiration of a mindful Christian life brings us the possibilities that do not come from our own interests. They originate through Christ. It requires daily surrendering in order for us to free ourselves from captivity of our own flesh. We are restored to a more spiritual state where we are in community of others who are growing and maturing in their own faith.
Prior to the Christian spiritual awakening and rebirth, we were lost in our own ways. Driven by passions and self-indulgences, we became ashamed of who we were. This is due to our inadequacies of escaping the trappings of our minds, our hearts, and our pride. The inability to see outside of ourselves prevented us from seeking help. We only believed that surrender meant defeat and humiliation.
The many times we’ve strove to find ourselves, defined who we are, and develop some sense of meaning and purpose became lost when those desires and passions continued to hold us captive.
True Christian spiritual living requires us to sacrifice our self-interests and surrendering unto God’s divine grace. Only then, are we truly alive in Christ. Today, let go of the life you thought you have planned out for yourself and recognize the need to surrender. Knowing that each passing day is the day to give ourselves over to the care of God so that Christ may reign through us.
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