Borrowed Truths

Crucified

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Borrowed Truths

Crucified

To be crucified with Christ means to be completely set apart for Christ, to be completely separated from the world, not something that we see many believers doing these days. The first century Christians did not form a discussion group to begin lengthy debates about what this meant, it was then and should be now for us quite easy to understand.

Since we can do absolutely nothing without Him, it means the literal death of pride, all glory is to go to God, it means the lust of the flesh must die, no accolades in any form are accepted, something quite easy to do, in fact, those that wish to honor you in the world will politely pull their invitation when you inform them that the first words out of your mouth will be to glorify the Lord Jesus, and an explanation of the plan of salvation will follow your opening remarks.

The eyes will no longer see anything that this world has to offer as worth pursuing after, the temporary will hold no value any longer.

Have I described you, are you on the right path, or are you still attempting to live in both worlds, one foot in each, if you will. “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other.” (Matt. 6:24) These truths are self-evident, especially if you are capable of understanding that it is not a long-term love/hate relationship the Lord was speaking about. At times you will hate the world and at other times you will seek for enjoyment and happiness from it, and if you have been submitting to the Holy Spirit for any length of time you understand full well what I am saying here.

Every opportunity we have to leave the world and cleave to Christ is a free will decision we make in that moment, it is akin to the verse in 1 Corinthians 10:13 about temptation, the way out is always, not occasionally, but always given to His children. If it is Christ that lives in you, if you have truly been crucified, then this goes far beyond a “what would Jesus do” moment, you do not even need to contemplate the response you should have in any given moment.

I believe that the items, the materialistic things are perhaps the easiest to relieve ourselves from, if you have come to the realization that not one of them will decorate your mansion in heaven, and have already dedicated all in this area that He has blessed you with to Him, to be used in whatever way He sees fit, then whether He decided to remove them or not is in its own way immaterial. “The earth is the LORD’S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.” (Psalm 24:1)

The awards, honors, and prestige the world attempts to lay upon us would be next, for self-recognition is a powerful pull in the life of all men, for when the battle is won, when the deed set upon has been accomplished, we want recognition, such is our nature. In fact, when we do not receive this recognition, we begin to live the life of Cain, as it were, seeking some form of retribution upon those who are recognized for their accomplishments, even at times when we realize that all this to will come to pass, but the most difficult would be the friendships of this world.

I recently had a very short conversation with a woman who is determined to follow Christ, but is having much difficulty within herself, for not only are her closest relatives beginning to mock her for her faith and desire to be a profitable servant in Christ, but it is beginning to alienate her husband also. Losing what we cannot keep is one thing, not accepting the accolades of the world is another, but the loss of those we love and have known for so long because we refuse to stay in the world with them, we have instead determined to go apart with Jesus, alone with Him from the crowd is quite another. Perhaps her family will tolerate her, perhaps not, that is not the important thing, the important item is, not only to her, but to all who would call Christ Lord, is the prize worth the cost. Only you can decide if, and when, that cost becomes too high.

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