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What Will You Do When You Meet Your Gethsemane?

What Will You Do When You Meet Your Gethsemane?Is Gethsemane a resting place, a pause, something to get past, or something to avoid? I guess the answer depends on your view of life. If you are convinced that something is wrong if you encounter challenges it will be something to avoid. If you think that your path should always be smooth, you will try to rush past Gethsemane, perhaps in anger and impatience.

It is easy to rush past the Garden of Gethsemane and the Cross without stopping or with barely a glance. The commercial world doesn’t care. There is no big money to be made there; no sentimentality to capitalize off of and so there are no  reminders filling the airwaves and stores.

In addition, this same commercial world tries to distract you and dazzle you with their interpretation of the good life. Gethsemane? Who cares? Who wants to go through that type of agony when you can have 24-7 entertainment? Who cares about that type of agony when celebrities show you a facade that says all is well?

However, as a Christian, you need to remember and care.

Gethsemane,  ready or not

In Jesus Christ you see what to do when faced with a difficult choice, an impossible choice; when you only see a cross before you. If you follow and learn from Jesus Christ, when you meet your Gethsemane you will remember and know how to make it through. For, Gethsemane will come whether or not you like it, whether or not you are prepared to meet it.

If you follow and learn from Jesus you will get to the place of surrender where you face God’s call, face that thing in your life that requires sacrifice; that place where you examine yourself and see the extent to which you have or have not fully surrendered your life to Christ and pray, even though it hurts, “God, not my will but yours.” When you pray this, you will meet and make it through your Gethsemane. And remember, beyond the cross is resurrection and glory.

Go to dark Gethsemane,
all who feel the tempter’s power;
your Redeemer’s conflict see,
watch with him one bitter hour:
turn not from his griefs away
teach us, Lord, how we should pray.

Living fully. Living faithfully. Following Christ.

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What Will You Shout Out This Week?

Jesus’ last week in this early life was a one-of-a-kind week, wasn’t it? Holy Week still is so for those of us who understand the definitive work God did through Jesus Christ’s crucifixion. It’s a great week for pausing and reflecting anew and with greater intention on all God did for us in Jesus Christ, for God was… Continue Reading

From Remembering to Reconciliation: The 5 R’s of Lent 2014

Lent began two weeks ago. Time flies. We’ve looked at 5 R’s that are important for this time. Truth be told, they are important all the time since they are an integral part of Jesus’ teaching. What are the 5 R’s that we identified for Lent 2014? This post puts them all together. I know… Continue Reading

What Everybody Ought to Know About Reconciliation

It’s pretty clear, isn’t it. Jesus has given you the responsibility for reconciliation. This means that Jesus has given you the responsibility for harmonious relationships. Not the other people. This goes against the grain. It goes against our instincts which for the most part have been conditioned to treat others as they treat you. We’ve… Continue Reading