Walking with Christ, and being in Christ is about laying down who we are and
the plans and desires of our hearts. Jesus told us that if we want to find
we must lose our lives - it is that process of dying ourselves and
picking up our cross.
Yes - this is about self sacrifice, and
looking from the human side of this it
does look lonely and hard. Yet, this
really is the only path to true liberty and
the abundant life.
He walked on the earth Jesus did nothing from His own initiative, but
did that which He saw His Father doing. He was not about self
His own personal "bucket list" - for He truly did find life, even
life in that close and personal relationship with the Father.
He lead the
way for all of us to also enter into the abundant life.
In the garden,
before being taken to the cross - He agonized, He sweat
blood, and had a
serious interaction with the Father about what He was
going to enter into.
He resolved this by further committing Himself to the
Lord, by saying not my
will, but Your will be done.
This is the very lesson He taught His
followers to pray (Matt 6:9-13 and Luke
11:2-4) to focus on relationship
with the Father, to surrender, and to pray
heavenly will be
done on the earth.... (and more)
This is where Jesus really did enter into
joy, the joy that was set before Him.
He is the pattern and the example for
the way to way into and with the
Father, to have abundant life - and to make
a way for everyone else to follow
in His footsteps
Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses,
let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and
us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking unto
the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set
endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the
of the throne of God.