YOU > JESUS
JESUS > YOU
There are only two options. You are either for or against Jesus. For those who have bought the lie from the enemy that there is a middle ground, you have chosen to be against Jesus.
Jesus always promised that MORE IS POSSIBLE, but he never promised that MORE IS EASY. Most people in the world today want more of Jesus but they aren't willing to obey Jesus. Last year Vintage Church launched a vision believing that MORE is possible and yesterday I reminded our family what Jesus demands when we come to him with this request.
In Matthew 16:24-28, Jesus shares some hard truth. If you want to receive Jesus...surrender (deny yourself). If you want to be with Jesus...submit (take up your cross). If you want to walk with Jesus...sacrifice (follow me). There is no other way and there will NEVER be a possibility where YOU > JESUS. Life is all about Jesus! This is hard to accept in a world that is all about us. Even Peter struggled with this by rebuking Jesus for saying that he had to endure the cross. Jesus responded to Peter, "get behind me, satan." I fear that for many in this world, even those who would proclaim Jesus, Jesus would shout these words.
As I shared in this picture,Jesus promises that whoever would lose his life for my sake will find it! A crucified with Christ life is the most freeing and most amazing truth. Our life is not our own and this world is not our home. To make JESUS > YOU is to experience the ultimate truth, love, and community that God has provided. His ways are so much greater than yours or the worlds.
If you want MORE of Jesus today...surrender, submit, and sacrifice.
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