“Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” (Matthew 16:24)
There comes a point in every true believer’s life, when you become desperate for more of God. At first, we’re testing the waters of our new life in God—unsure and uncertain. But when it becomes sure and certain, and when we see that God is real and true, we make a decision to come after Him. I reached that point in my life when I was no longer testing, no longer trying, or waiting for a reason to really believe. My proof was Jesus and His resurrection power. He had done the unexplainable in my life and I didn’t need any more proof. He became real to me and I wanted to follow Him. The problem with not enough true followers is in not enough true seers. Whether we see Jesus or not determines whether we follow Him. You can’t follow what you don’t see. You can’t follow a distorted view of Jesus. It must be real. And when you see Him, when you finally get it now, distractions no longer look attractive, and what you thought you so desperately wanted in life, no longer appeals to you. Your desires become His desires and His desires become yours. He then strengthens you in this way to take up your cross and follow Him. It takes spiritual strength to accomplish this, and God has all the strength, all the grace and all the power you need. But it’s only found when all of your members are employed toward a sure and certain, no longer testing and trying, decision to see and follow God.
Prayer: Father God I surrender to You. I yield to Your Holy Spirit. Create in me a hunger and thirst for more of You. Help me see You, deny myself, take up my cross and follow You. In Jesus name, Amen.