For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.
We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin.
Many times in our life, we look at things in the world that are temporal and seek great comfort in them.
These can include our job promotion, the ideal relationship or even the number of likes or shares of our social media account.
However, have we thought about what are the real things in life that are worth giving up to God for?
Is our fame and the ability to be liked by people worth giving up for?
When Jesus died on the cross, he died beside two criminals (Luke 23: 39-43).
One of them saw the demeanor of Jesus and had a change of heart.
The other was stubborn before the Lord.
Has God touched us that we can encounter a change of spirit in the people around us?
As we run together, let us remember the priorities, securities and concerns that we put over God.
Are we able to set aside for God so that we can honor him in all we do?
What does dying to the desires of ourselves mean?
It means serving God’s will and purpose instead of just our ways.
It is hard for Jesus to die on the cross for each one of us but we can all live out in his testimony each and every day.
What is one thing you need to ‘crucify’ in your life so that God can use you more effectively for His Kingdom?
Dear Lord, I commit my life to you. Help me to live in Christ and to die to my worldly and selfish ways.
When there are times, I care about my plans and dreams more than you, lead me back to the right path.
Help me to find my first love in you.
Please give me a new heart to run after you.
Show me the friends and family that need your love.
Help me to be a channel of blessing to them.
In Jesus Name I pray amen.