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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Bold Regardless of Cost"

Date published: 08/08/2010

Luke 13:31-33 “At that time some Pharisees came to Jesus and said to Him, ‘Leave this place and go somewhere else.  Herod wants to kill You.’  He replied, ‘Go tell that fox, “I will drive out demons and heal people today and tomorrow, and on the third day I will reach my goal.”  In any case, I must keep going today and tomorrow and the next day — for surely no prophet can die outside Jerusalem!’”  (NIV)

This passage should inspire every follower of Christ to not only know God’s will, but to also embrace doing it.  Jesus knew His mission and was committed to accomplishing it regardless of the dangers involved.  When others tried to talk Jesus out of pursuing God’s calling, He was bold in confronting the danger by affirming that He would not only continue doing what God called Him to do today, but also tomorrow and the day after.  Jesus did not call you to casually live your life, but to live it for Him and His calling.  You need to first know God’s calling so you can pursue it.  You pursue it until it is accomplished.  You must be bold and resolute in fulfilling what He has called you to do, no matter the circumstances.  Joshua 1:9 “Be strong and courageous!  Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."  Do you know God’s calling in your life? Know it!  John 17:4 “I have glorified Thee on the earth: I have finished the work which Thou gavest me to do.”  Are you pursuing what God has for you?   Reprioritize your life!  Philippians 3:13-14 “But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”  Are you ready to sacrifice if called to do so?  Luke 9:23 “If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me.”  Be deep in Jesus on a daily basis.  Seek Jesus in His Word, by prayer, and constant meditation so that He can live His life through you! 

Philippians 3:10 “All I care for is to know Christ, to experience the power of His resurrection, and to share His sufferings in growing conformity with His death.” (NEB)