Mabey Memories

The desire of my heart is to become the person God dreams of and share those dreams with others; to unleash personal and corporate creativiy within the church, overflowing it with passion and freedom while searching for the face and character of God.

Friday, January 04, 2008

To Know Him and Make Him Known

Your Heavenly Father sent Jesus so that you “can have real and eternal life, more and better life than [you] ever dreamed of” (John 10:10, MSG).

Happy New Year!

What an opportunity to start discovering God’s dream for your life, to turn your focus to the future, and to be excited about who you’re becoming in Christ. Make a commitment to Christ to serve Him in the new year and make His name known among the people. Ask God to show you what it means to be fully committed to Him in 2008.

I remember a story A.W. Tozer tells in a booklet called, Total Commitment to Christ. “One time a young man came to an old saint… and said to him, ‘Father, what does it mean to be crucified?’ The sage replied, ‘Well, to be crucified means three things. First, the man who is crucified is facing only one direction.’”
Tozer explains, “If he hears anything behind him he can’t turn around to see what’s going on. He has stopped looking back… [and now looks] in only one direction… the direction of God and Christ and the Holy Ghost.”
The sage continued, “One thing more, son, about a man on a cross—he’s not going back.” Tozer again expounds on the man’s wisdom, “Get a man [or woman] converted who knows that if he joins Jesus Christ he’s finished, and that while he’s going to come up and live anew, as far as the world’s concerned he is not going back—then you have a real Christian indeed.”
Finally, the old sage finished, “Another thing about the man on the cross, son; he has no further plans of his own.”

To be crucified with Christ means you’re facing one direction. You cannot turn around. And because it’s no longer you who lives but Christ who lives in you, your own plans must go (Galatians 2:20). Such focus leaves no time for regret.

God has a dream for you. He sent Jesus so that you “have real and eternal life, more and better life than you ever dreamed [possible]” (John 10:10, The Message).

Make a commitment to discover God’s dream for your life in 2008!

Dear Lord Jesus, I pray You would begin to show me the dream You have for the life You’ve given me. Open my ears and soften my heart to hear and accept Your plans for my life. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Friday: Galatians 2:20
Saturday: Jeremiah 29:11
Sunday: Matthew 6:21

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