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MIRACLES WITHOUT THE COST?

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Rod Shimabukuro

SCRIPTURE

Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and sickness.  Matt 10:1

OBSERVATION

The Calling to Do Great Things

Do you think Jesus connected verse 1 when He chose the disciples to perform great miracles, to His call for them to lose their life?  (v 38 Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39 Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.)

In other words, did the powerful calling, assignment and anointing upon the disciples, come with the understanding and expectation of 100% sacrifice, dedication to Jesus – even to the point of losing your life?

Does my cross reflect Jesus’?

If I relate taking up “my cross” to the “cross Jesus carried and hung on” – what does that look like?

It seems that Jesus’ commission to send His disciples out to perform miracles, came with the expectation and call for them to take up their cross and lose their life.

For His name, His Glory!

The honor of being called to be used to God came with a cost.  I think the cost of laying down and losing their lives, would lessen the temptation to become popular, powerful and make a name for themselves.

APPLICATION

My Cross?  What does this represent?

Would I submit my innocence, purity of heart and right-ness to be shamed or considered guilty?

When I am wronged, am rejected, feel used or taken advantage of for others gain…would I fight back or stand up for my rights and privileges…?  Or would I humbly give in – to be made a fool of?

The Cost of Losing

Would I lose my life, giving up my rights, sacrificing my freedom, truth, power, innocence – for the sake of serving those undeserving, lower, poorer, more sinful…than me?

Are we as Christians called to be a stepping stones for others, or people who are willing to be “thrown under the bus?”

Would I Buckle…?

If God used me to perform great, miraculous feats, would I yield to the temptation of wanting to be popular, wanted, build “my” ministry, grow my church, be considered successful…?

PRAYER

Dear Daddie God!

I have more deep, convicting and challenging questions for my motives and character, than I do answers!  Thank You for Your grace in transforming me day by day, into Your image!