“If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.” Matthew 16:24 NASB
How hard is it to be kind, to smile, to say something uplifting, to speak truthfully, and to be patient? We CAN do that. It’s not sooo hard.
Yet, how hard is it to put others first, to suffer and sacrifice for someone else, like Jesus did for us?
Wait a minute….now I’m stepping on my own toes. Many days I can scarcely keep up with my own life. I drop in bed at night, exhausted, barely able to catch my breath. Many days, I say I care about others, but my actions vary.
There is a fast food chain named Hardee’s. Their tag line is “Eat like you mean it”. Whether you eat at Hardees or not, that slogan speaks volumes. Whatever we really believe in, that is what we should do, and do like we mean it.
When people watch us, they know exactly what we really believe. What we really believe is not necessarily what we say, what makes us cry, or what makes us laugh. Emotions are as cheap as watching a video on You Tube or a good movie.
Real belief takes action, sometimes big, sometimes small. It requires commitment.
Jesus said, “the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:28 NASB
Did He mean it? He later picked up a rugged burden and died a gruesome death on a rugged cross. Indeed!
May we all love God and love others this Easter in a manner than shows what we truly believe.