Yesterday, I had a conversation with my Aunt Pat about dying. It’s sounds morbid but I promise it wasn’t. We often talk about my Mom and how she died of gastric cancer. ( Aunt Pat and Mom are sisters.)
We recently lost my Aunt Sue (their other sister) to lung cancer and my Uncle Bob was diagnosed with cancer last year, but it’s in remission. Cancer has affected our family, and we hate it!
People we talk to often remind us that we have a good chance of getting cancer too. We know that.
I’m sure all of us have wished for that easy death, dying in our sleep when we’re 90ish, right? But none of us know when or how we’re going to die.
I promise this is going to end on a positive note so hang with me!
Here’s what I do know. Today, I’m alive and I want to do everything I can to live a life worthy of the calling.
Ephesians 4:1 says, Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God.
As a pastor’s wife, I often hear people grumbling about things they don’t like in church. They want a certain style of music or they CAN’T worship, they want to be fed God’s word gently with no guilt. Just a pat on the back! Believe me, I’ve heard it all!
We like easy don’t we? and we don’t want a lot of change. But I don’t think Christ has called us to that kind of life.
Luke 9:23 says, Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. That is hard!
This video by Francis Chan is a perfect example of how we want to live our lives. Safe, with little effort. But as you will see, he believes Christ wants more from us. I think so too!
How can you serve Him this week? Let’s pick up our cross and follow Him!
Have a blessed Sunday!