This scenario reminds me of how we often tend to grab hold of situations, plans, or relationships we think will make us happy—our idols
as it were—of which God would have us let go.
Jesus said, when I am lifted up I will draw all people . . . He said this to show the kind of death he was going to die (John 12:33). The Greek word for
lifted is hupsoo, which means to exalt. To exalt is to elevate by praise, glorify, or to raise high. Jesus was
raised high on a cross to die a painful, bloody death. He was
then raised to life so untold millions could be drawn into the kingdom of God. And God did this to
raise up a holy people to glorify him by telling others the message of Easter:
He is risen, salvation is found in no other name!
It’s not always easy to share our faith or to do God’s will. We get busy with life, we miss opportunities, we’re concerned our peers might reject us, we grow complacent, doubts creep in, or we’re just plain tired.
However, the Lord has commanded us to go and tell others what he has done for us; it’s not a suggestion.
We are to lift high the cross
and submit to his Lordship, showing forth God’s love by our words and our actions.
My grandniece learned that her father wanted her to experience how great the ornament could be if she would just let go of it. Likewise, when we let go of our plans and ask
our Heavenly Father for his will to be done, he will be faithful to show us how much better his plans are for us! He may have to remove our hands gently from our idols, so we can experience what he has in store for us. Sometimes he may even have to pry our fingers loose to make it happen, but
doing God's will is where true joy and satisfaction is found. Nothing is more important or better than this!
Prayer: Dear Lord, show me the idols I cling to and help me to let go of them. I want your will to be accomplished in my life. May I be faithful to lift high the message of the cross, so all those I encounter will follow and adore you. Amen.
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also Numbers 21:8 and John 3:1-21.
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