Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Teach us, Lord, to deny ourselves for the sake of your kingdom. Help us distinguish self-righteous suffering from the suffering that comes from bearing our crosses as we follow you. Amen.
God's government/rule means I must rethink everything that every system has tried to teach me(deny myself). That is not easy to do cause many of those things are good, but they are not God. I try to get out from them but they pull me back, like a crab trying to get out of bucket of crabs. Our friends just keep pulling us back down.
Self-righteous suffering. Suffering for the things I want and for whatever reason I am denied. Suffering because I got what I wanted and it turns out it was not good for me.
Suffering that comes from bearing a cross. Death, burial, to my self. Being a servant and not being upset when I am treated like one. Dying to self is the only way to live, resurrection. Death, burial, resurrection.
Statement of faith, let it be so.