*Each weekly blog is an entry from my diary written on the date and time noted below.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009 4:55 a.m.
I’ve been reading the Book of Luke. Luke 18:31 says, “…Behold, we go up to Jerusalem…” Jesus knew death awaited Him at Jerusalem, but still he went. Paul knew death awaited him at Rome, but still he continued. Stephen knew martyrdom was eminent if he continued to speak about Jesus, but still he spoke. Peter knew his end would be certain death by another’s hand, but still he preached. Where is your Jerusalem? If we are true believers we all will have one. We must be willing not only to live for Christ, but also to die for Christ: die to our wants, die to our will, die to ourselves. Paul said, “I die daily.” (I Corinthians 15:31). Your Jerusalem may not be a literal place, but it will be a literal struggle. A struggle of dying to self, a willingness to give up all for the cause of Christ. God wants our absolute surrender, our unreserved obedience, our total abandonment of all else but Him. We all are on our way to Jerusalem, and we must continue on, no matter what awaits. Our motto needs to be, “I, too, go up to Jerusalem.”
Thought for Today: “True and abiding consolations ye will not fine except in entire abandonment, and in the love which loves the Cross. He who does not welcome the Cross, does not welcome God.” (Madame Guyon 1648-1717).