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Two Places?

Updated: 5 days ago

I have found myself, on more than one occasion, needing to be in two places at the same time. We all have those times when we simply forget that we have made prior commitments and suddenly realize we need to be in two places at once. Often, this does not work out well. Normally, we have to make a choice as to what is the most important priority at the time. A simple fact is, we cannot be two places at the same time.

In considering this, another question comes to mind: "Do we try this while following Christ?"

Jesus said:

“...If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?" (Matthew 16: 24-26 ESV)

We can't be in two places at the same time. If we are to follow Jesus, we must be willing to lose ourselves (deny ourselves), take up our cross, and follow Him. Do we spend too much time as Christians trying to gain the world? Where is our desire, where do our thoughts and heart take us? If we are going to follow Christ, we cannot have affection for the things of this world. We cannot have a desire for sin. As those who follow Christ, we are to put off the things of this life that are not according to the will and purpose of the Father (Ref: Colossians 3: 4-6). In order to truly follow in Christ's steps, we must deny ourselves & and submit our will to the Father's purpose.

Consider the example of Jesus,

Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done. (Luke 22:42 ESV)

We can't be in two places at once. Are we committed to following Christ? Are we willing to lose ourselves to gain Christ?


Steve Ellis

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