Sunday, May 21, 2017

April 21-27, 2017 Thought of the Week

Simple? Yes...Easy? No...

A very wise Christian man said, "There are no easy answers, but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right.". Looking back onto Ronald Reagan's life,we can most certainly see that he not only taught this principle but he lived it. Ronald Reagan held one of the most powerful positions in the world as President of the United States. This position inevitably brings many pressures, yet through these Reagan exemplified taking the simple path.

What God requires of us is very hard, Jesus tells us that we must deny ourselves and take up our crosses following Him. This is by no means an easy task, it is a burden and we often slip and fall along the journey. What we must not forget is that it is a simple task. That is, we are to follow God's commandments in all we do. This requires knowledge: knowing and understanding the instruction of our Lord, and courage: willingness to put obedience to Christ above all other.

As we continue to devote our life to Christ and follow Him this week, let us be encouraged that we have a simple task before us. While it will be difficult and we will face temptations and sin, even this coming week, let us always come back to the simple instructions given us refocusing on Christ so we may continue to grow and glorify Him.

I hope this encourages you this week as you walk courageously!

Keep thinking, my friends!

Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul? For the Son of Man is going to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay each person according to what he has done.
Matthew 16:24-27(ESV)

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