The Only Safe Place

Are you aware that there is a place you can go where the world, the flesh and the devil have no power over you? It is nearer than you might think and it is the only place where your Christianity with its fits and starts can truly take off. Give up?
Amy Carmichael wrote, “The cross and the place of the fellowship of Christ’s sufferings is the only safe place for those of us who have a responsibility for the souls of others.” Jesus in Luke 9:23 said, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” We are slow to go here for all the obvious reasons. We don’t want to let go of the direction of our life or release it to the Lord because we don’t trust him or we don’t think it is necessary. Though the Spirit within draws us there, we would rather think that we can keep the world, our flesh and the devil subdued by sheer will power and won’t power. HA! Any honest believer of any length of time has already found that he just can’t do it. I might enjoy victory in my devotional life, but then later that same day fail miserably in a money matter. I might walk with God in the friendly confines of my home, then act like a complete heathen in my dealings at work. Do I have to keep my guard up at all moments? No…just die. Paul wrote, “I die daily” (1Corinthians 15:31), and, “I am crucified with Christ and it is no longer I who live, but Christ…” (Galatians 2:20).
The Spirit draws us to the cross and the fellowship of Christ’s sufferings, but we are slow to let go of our life as we know it and we hang on to the good things that are the enemy of what is best. We hang on to the known and familiar and refuse to take hold of the unknown life that will follow the release of all we are and all we have into the Lord’s hands. Self-pity, self-promotion and the concern for what others think of me, all lose their power over me when, “I have died and my life is now hidden in Christ” (Colossians 3:3).
Oh, you will still be shot at, but the wounds will become fellowship in his sufferings and not personal attacks, but you will be able to tell how much of YOU is still alive by your response to that which would have formerly offended you.
So take up your cross, your vertical relationship with God and your horizontal relationship with others, get on it and die to the basic principles of this world and what you will find is what Paul called “resurrection life.” Jesus said, “Whoever loses his life for me will find it.” (Matthew 16:25).
Pastor Doug