Know God, know Sacrifice

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” (Matthew 16:24)

What is the most fitting response to the God who forsook the glory and majesty of heaven for the filth and grime of earth? What do we give to the God who, despite His being the Eternal, Uncontainable One, chose to be confined in human flesh, in the form of a helpless baby? What can we do for the God who allowed Himself to be beaten, bruised, whipped, even crucified, just so we could be pardoned from our sins and saved from eternal punishment?

We forsake everything for Him; we give up our lives to Him; we allow our lives to be ruled by Him. Now and forever, until our very last breath. This is the only way.

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Whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst.

She came at a most unusual time, when she knew there would be no one to see her, judge her, condemn her. It must have surprised her to find a man there—and not just any man, but a man who knew her past (she has had five husbands) and her present (she is having a relationship with someone she is not wedded to). A man who, despite knowing this, did not laugh at her, did not insult her. Instead, He offered her a drink that would satisfy all her heart’s desires!

If you are in a situation similar to that woman—escaping a painful past, a disintegrating relationship, or an impossible situation—do not be surprised if you find Jesus. He’s been waiting for you, waiting for you to allow Him to quench all your thirst, longing, and ache away, waiting for you to accept the new beginning He has since been offering to you. The question now is, ‘Would you drink it?