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Compelled to carry His cross?

compelled to carry His cross

You and I have experienced this at some point in our lives – the feeling that we “have to” do this for Jesus.

I was preaching a sermon this past Sunday to a group of young, English-speaking Chinese church.  I was passionately sharing what happened during the 39 days that Jesus was here on earth after His resurrection and how important it was to pray.  I ended with the power of Holy Spirit coming upon the disciples and their private faith become public, even to the point of death.

The next day, I was thinking, how many of those young heard me say that they need to “do something” – teach Sunday School, volunteer at the food bank, work with the children’s mid-week program?

All I was trying to say was spend time with Jesus.

Yet that doesn’t sound like that’s enough.  Most of us feel we have to get involved in the church and for some of us, that is to the detriment of our faith and walk with Jesus.

I pray that they heard me right.  Spend time in the Word, spend time in prayer, wait for the empowering of the Holy Spirit, walk with Jesus.  Yes, you can be involved with Sunday School, children’s ministry and food bank programs but none of those things have anything to do with the call to walk with Him.  They are activities until you are walking with Jesus as you do them – only then do they become your ministry.

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“Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and his name shall be called Emman′u-el” (which means, God with us)." Matthew 1:23 RSV
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