Have you ever felt drawn to a greater purpose, but doubted your ability to succeed? When was the last time you felt ready to sacrifice something today in hopes of improving your tomorrow? What have you done this week to close the gap between where you are and where you are meant to be? If you could use guidance in any of these areas, I have the perfect video to share!
He Was Marked
In Luke Chapter 14 Jesus describes the character of a person who desires to become his disciple. He details how they consider the cost of completing the journey. A disciple must be willing to pay the full expense before considering any other challenge. This value can come in many forms: money, time, comfort, criticism, pressure, rest, relationships… the listgoes on.
And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.Luke 14:27, 33 NIV
Jesus encouraged His followers to carry their crosses behind Him (Luke 14:27)—a symbolic reference for the weight of passions, shortcomings, wrongdoing, doubt, grief, perseverance, and fortitude. Jesus himself carried His cross—weighted with the sins of the world—several miles before He was crucified. Why? Because He was willing to pay the full expense for us all. He yearned to fulfill His role no matter how arduous the path.
They Were Marked
Transformation Church Lead Pastor, Michael Todd, recently started a series titled ‘Marked’ where he and his team examine the biblical life, leadership and legacy of David.Without having to make an official spoiler alert, I’ll give you a brief synopsis.
Saul and David were both anointed by God to rule as king over Israel and Judah (1Samuel 9 and 1 Samuel 16:13). Saul as king, however, failed to follow God’s instruction. His disobedience to the heft of the commands he was entrusted to obey caused him to lose favor with the Lord. The anointing was instead gifted to David, a young Shepard from Judah best known for his big win against giant, Goliath (1 Samuel 17:50).
You Are Marked
As we journey toward our life purpose, it is important to remember that trust in the Lord will carry us through any challenge. God’s love for us comes in many forms. As a father pushes their child to grow through teaching and discipline, so too does our Father ask us to grow through His word and purposeful commands. Do not disqualify yourself from His plan by failing to follow His lead. Do not allow difficult times to define you, only to have another person’s resilience poach your blessing.
Saul was marked with purpose, but allowed the enemy to overcome him. David had the confidence and commitment of a king though he was only seen as a simple Shepard.
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”1 Samuel 16:7 NIV
Creative Pastor, Charles Metcalf, continues to talk about how we can face our walk with optimism as we travel toward our divinely orchestrated destiny. I highly recommend making time to watch the full video. For the TL;DR* version, here are some highlights from Pastor Charles:
- (18:49) illustration of what it would mean to pay the price
- (36:39) consequences of failing to prepare the wage
- (41:53) tying it all together
Make Your Mark
What do you yearn for? That promotion at work? The house in that neighborhood? A better future for your children? What about the freedom to give to others? You can doit! You are marked for it; but you must carry your cross: work long hours, meet new people, let go of relationships, leave your comfort zone, stand in faith, get out of debt, take control of your life, sleep less, pray more, seek knowledge, and never give up until the person you are today is better than the person you were yesterday.
Leave a comment below to share what keeps you focused as you carry your cross through the hills and valleys of life’s challenges. When did you first realize that in order to succeed, you would need to sacrifice? How has obeying the Lord strengthened you throughout your walk?
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