Beautifully written post with an immensely important message, particularly for the materially-abundant West, where we have watered down the Gospel Message so much!
There’s an old hymn we sing once in awhile entitled, “Nearer My God to Thee.”
Nearer my God to Thee,
Nearer to Thee!
E’en though it be a cross
That raiseth me.
Still, all my song shall be,
‘Nearer my God to Thee!’
Nearer my God to Thee—
Nearer to Thee.
~ Sarah Flower Adams, 1841
As with anything worth having, nearness to God is costly. Many claim to want a relationship with God, but have no desire to make any sort of sacrifice to achieve it. What about me? Am I willing to be “raised on a cross” in order to gain a closeness to the Lord that could not be attained otherwise?
More often than not, the conversation in my head goes something like this:
“Does it have to be that cross? Why can’t I have his cross over there? It looks a bit smaller than mine…”
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