DayBreaks for 3/12/15 – Built Around the Cross

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DayBreaks for 3/12/15: Built Around the Cross     There’s a great story about the artist Rodin, who’s most famous work may be the sculpture, The Thinker, who one day saw a huge, carved crucifix beside a road. He immediately fell in love with the artwork and insisted on having it for himself. He purchased the cross and arranged to have it carted back to his house. But, unfortunately, it was too big for the building. So, of all things, he knocked out the walls, raised the roof, and rebuilt his home around the cross. – (Best Sermons 3, Harper & Row, 1990, p. 115).

Easter is rapidly approaching.  Try to transport yourself into Jesus’ mind some 2000 years ago.  Put yourself in his shoes for a moment and reflect what it would mean and how it might occupy (dominate?) your thoughts.  It is hard for me to see how he could have thought of anything else.  He was the only person on the face of the earth who knew that he was on a collision course with a grisly, gruesome, painful Roman cross.  Yet, he didn’t swerve or waver and walked steadfastly towards Jerusalem and his date with the nails and wood.

If you want a lesson in commitment and dedication to a purpose, look no further than Jesus.

When you hear Jesus’ call to radical discipleship, I hope you will decide to knock down the walls and rebuild your life around two crosses: the cross of Jesus and your own.  Remember, Jesus said, If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.

Galatians 2:20 (NIV) – I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!”

2 Timothy 2:11 (NIV) – Here is a trustworthy saying: If we died with him, we will also live with him…

PRAYER: Jesus, I thank you for your unswerving dedication to why you came and who you came for – and that includes me!  Let us learn what that kind of commitment means and let us build our lives around the two crosses!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

© 2015, Galen C. Dalrymple.

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