Tuesday, April 7
23 And Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24 Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. 25 Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.
How you view the struggles in life will determine how quickly you achieve victory over them. When Jesus made the statement in today’s scripture reference He was a mere 72 hours from His crucifixion. If you’re like almost every other sane person on Earth, you probably wouldn’t consider going through a death on a cross being ‘glorified’. However, for Jesus, the ability to walk out His life in perfect obedience to the Father, was glorious. Think about it. If you profess to be a Christian and have faith in God, that means you trust Him unwaveringly. Those whom God has placed in your life, who are within your sphere of influence, are watching and waiting to see how you walk through times of difficulty. Just like Jesus disciples, they are going to be a witness to the glory that God receives from your living out the faith that you profess. The disciples couldn’t fully comprehend what was going on in Jesus heart and mind but they knew He was dealing with an immense amount of pressure. Those whom you live life in front of may not know all the details of what you’re currently going through but they will see how you react in tense and difficult situations. Just as Jesus continually rolled the pressures of life and ministry over to His Father, you can do the same. But, like Jesus, it will require you to desire Him receiving glory more than wanting a way out. Jesus didn’t run from the cross, He asked for strength to see victory over it. God doesn’t put difficulties in your life, but He can use them. What are you struggling with right now? What are you needing a victory over that you haven’t obtained yet? Bring those things before God and ask Him to give you grace to overcome it rather than pull you out of it. The victory that your faith obtains will not only strengthen your faith but it will bring hope and instill faith in those who are influenced by your life. – Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff