Like You Mean It

SAM_0056Then Jesus said to His disciples,

“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.

The Cup

2 comments

  1. Beverly Price · · Reply

    Yes the picture is as powerful as words!

  2. Thank you, Melody, for this explicit reminder of our role as servant. Something I read by John Wesley this morning reminded me of you. He said, “Catch on fire with enthusiasm, and people will come for miles to see you burn.”

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