Leaving behind whatever keeps you from moving closer to God
God wants a personal relationship with each of us. We were made to be in communion with God. However, there are things that come between our God and us. Sometimes we put things before God on purpose and other times life just gets in the way. Anything—food, exercise, sex, money, drugs—can get between God and us. We have to intentionally make time for God. Prayer, study of the bible, fellowship, worship, and serving others are a few ways of connecting to God.
Leaving behind what gets in our way with our relationship to God is to be in breach of the world. To say we will not live the way the world would have us do that we are walking in the way of Jesus. Wearing a cross as I do is a symbol of that commitment to God. It says that I chose to follow Jesus. I chose to take up my cross and follow Jesus. I want my life in word and deed to be aligned more and more to the way of Jesus.
Being followers of Jesus means living in breach with the world.
This Sunday is world communion Sunday. It’s a Sunday that the entire Christian church comes together as one to honor what Jesus did on the cross and continues to do in each of his followers. On World Communion Sunday, we gather in unity with believers around the world to break the bread of life and drink from the cup of salvation. We gather in suffering, celebration, and hope, remembering that in a broken and war-torn world, God’s grand vision for peace and justice thrives and continues to course through the veins of the church body.
In The Cost of Discipleship, Dietrich Bonheoffer writes, “If our Christianity has ceased to be serious about discipleship, If we have watered down the gospel into emotional uplift which makes no costly demands and which fails to distinguish between natural and Christian existence, then we cannot help regarding the cross as an ordinary everyday calamity, as one of the trials and tribulations of life. We have then forgotten that the cross means rejection and shame as well as suffering.”
Our Christianity cannot be something we just say on Sunday than we live our lives our own way on the other days of the week. We need to live our Christianity out in a real way in our daily lives. Church is not meant to be somewhere we go on Sunday, it’s meant to be something we are. We are the body of Christ. Taking communion should transform us into the people of the Kingdom of God. We need to live out the unconditional and limitless grace and love of Jesus Christ in our daily lives and extend it to others.
The Christian life is not about religion, but relationship.
We don’t follow a religion, but a person. The Person of Jesus Christ.
When I take the bread and wine today, I will soak in the blessing of Jesus and recommit myself to being his follower. I will let him lead me where he will. I will give God my whole self to mold me into the person God would have me be, not for any reward I might get, but for the glory of God.
I pray we all leave behind the things that get in the way of following Jesus and mover closer and closer to God.