The Intent of This Blog

This blog is intended to be a tool for the growth of whoever wants to use it. It is a daily journal intended to help us be more introspective. Every day I will do my best to supply a motivational quote, a Bible verse, a vocabulary word, and a personal message from myself. Use these if you like as motivation to improve yourself. Then, simply answer the daily questions provided honestly and see if it has an impact on your life. Zig Ziglar said, "If you don't have daily objectives, you qualify as a dreamer." Lets not be just dreamers but doers. Remember Martin Luther King Jr not only had a dream, he also had an objective. Thanks for reading, Jake

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Monday, December 23, 2013

Heirs To The Cross

“You can have all this world, just give me Jesus.” - From the song Give Me Jesus by Jeremy Camp

But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. - Galatians 4:4-5

Heir: “a person inheriting and continuing the legacy of a predecessor” - New Oxford American Dictionary

How often do we hear about another cross being threatened?  People offended by its symbolism are on the attack.  It, and the faith it represents, are under attack.  But what do we do?  How do we respond?  Do we attack in return?  Do we fight a war in the name of Jesus?  I could keep on asking questions, but I think we can all ask them for ourselves.  And none of them has an answer we can give.  Wars have, are, and will be fought over Christ.  Wars that have taken lives and hearts.  So then can we say, “Jesus saves?”  Now there’s a question I have an answer to.  Absolutely, Jesus saves.  He saves through war, famine, genocide…  Through everything and anything He saves.  It’s painful, and it hurts to see our traditions go away.  The things we found hope and comfort in are being destroyed, and that is hard to handle.  However, if Jesus is truly God, do we have enough faith in Him to believe that He cannot be destroyed as well.  The Cross is a symbol of our beliefs, it is not Jesus Himself.  The world does not need more crosses.  It doesn’t need more wood crosses, steel crosses, or crosses made of stone.  What this world needs is Jesus.  Do we have Him?  If so, it is our job to share Him.  To let His love shine through our lives.  Sometimes that will look like harsh rhetoric.  Sometimes like a cross on a hill.  Sometimes it will look like a warm embrace.  It is not our job to condemn people, but at times, it may be our job to warn.  Gravity doesn’t ask us to smash people to the ground, but its existence requires us to warn of a cliff’s edge.  It’s been said, “You can’t legislate morality,” but that’s the purpose behind every law.  Still we know, legislation can’t change a heart.  Only a heart can change another heart.  A hateful heart will turn another towards hatred.  An indifferent one towards indifference too.  A loving heart…  What can that do?  And so we ask the question.  If Jesus is love, and Jesus is in our heart, what should our influence look like?  Giving up this world and EVERYTHING in it is never going to be easy.  But Jesus has to be first.  That may look like physical crosses coming down around the world.  But the Cross in our heart can never be taken away if we hold onto it in hope and faith.  Jesus said, “Take up your cross and follow me.” *  Through that action, we may see our pride and joy taken, we may see more crosses come down; but another will rise in a heart.  The true Cross of Christ is always the one that is carried in a heart.  Theres no better place for the Jesus to reside, than in a heart.
* Matthew 16:24

Daily Journaling Questions:
How did I help someone in kindness today?
What did I learn today?
What am I thankful for?
Who did I love today?
What am I dreaming of?
What about today do I want to remember forever?
What are my goals for tomorrow?
Thanks for reading,

Jake

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