Preparing for the cross was one of the most difficult times in Jesus’ life here on earth. In Hebrews chapter 12 it says that he was able to endure the cross because he kept his focus on the joy that was to come. Although we may not be going to a literal cross to be crucified, Jesus said we need to take up our cross daily and to crucify our fleshly desires.
Life is full of difficult moments, especially at Christmas time. In a world where there is a lot of unrest, and in a culture where Christmas is anything but joyful, peaceful, or restful, we need to be incredibly intentional on how we spend our time, or about what we think, act, and say.
But we need to do these things not only at Christmas time, but it seems like the time we have set aside to reflect on our savior is the time we are most distracted and discouraged.
It may seem small, but everyday of our life requires some sort of endurance to get through and to be a light for Jesus in this dark world. We do this by fixing our eyes on Jesus because He is the author and perfecter of our faith!
Today I am focusing on Jesus, I am looking ahead to the joy that is to come.
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Love is selfless and it is constantly pursuing ways to bridge the gap of disconnection in the world. Love brings freedom, not only to us, but also to those around us. When we are walking in love we desire the best for people. In this four week mini Bible Study come and explore what unconditional love looks like in your life today.