“He must increase, but I must decrease.”
It’s necessary for our flesh to decrease and for him to increase in us. All of us have a different character then the next brethren; however we can accomplish what we put before us in prayer or just a simple goal of life if our Lord is up front guiding us every step of the way. Life in Jesus Christ is not easy but it’s also not impossible as the gospel of Matthew says.
“Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.25 For whoever would save his life[a] will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.26 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?”
Here Jesus is letting us know that we need to deny our wants for us to follow him if you don’t deny yourself; how can you follow Jesus.? The cross can have many interpretation I for one see it as the salvation but also the path to our Lord. He died there crucified; he denied the needs and wants of his own body and decided to follow the will of our Father. It wasn’t an easy trajectory but he got to the finish line. In verse 26 “ For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul.” it speaks to my soul. because what do I have to gain in this world if I don’t have Jesus.? I would gain nothing because at the end i wouldn’t know what real and unconditional love is. A love that pursues and forgives unconditionally. No matter how many times you fall; or you feel like giving up God is always there to lift you up. Life is not a pure virgin bride as many would want but is a bride that has been soiled through mistakes and injustices but there is a bridegroom that says ” I want you just like you are and I will pursue you until you become mine.” that’s our savior and now it’s time for us to take our cross( burdens) and walk with Jesus.
“Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him”