A Series by Jill Holler – Promo
For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it.” Luke 9:24
When I wrote my devotional book, Life in His Hands, God was opening my eyes to the knowledge that He had created me for a purpose…And He wanted me to start living like it!
I felt Him urging me to get up off the sidelines and take hold of the plans He had for me.
He awakened me to the fact that His word was truly living and active. I realized it had the power to change the course of my life, to propel me forward in the direction He wanted me to go.
It was a time of learning to trust my Savior, of learning to love Him on a whole new level, and of recognizing that His word is the absolute authority in my life.
With such love and grace, He touched my life, and I knew I would never be the same again.
God had taken me deeper than ever before. But I also realized there were still depths to be explored.
Over the past year, I feel God has started to prepare me for another journey. A journey that will open my eyes to Him in a brand new way.
He has taught me to trust Him and to understand that my purpose comes from Him alone. But have I grasped just what it takes to live out that purpose?
In my mind I know that I must surrender everything to Christ and live solely for him. But am I doing this?
Am I living so selflessly that I no longer get hurt by the disappointments of my own self-made plans and desires? Am I instead rejoicing in the unexpected and perhaps more difficult road He may ask me to take?
Every burning question and thought that crosses my mind has been pointing me to one thing:
THE CROSS and what it means for my life.
Over and over in my mind, I have found myself asking…
- What does it truly mean to live the crucified life?
- What does it mean to deny myself, lift up my cross, and follow Jesus–never looking back (Matthew 16:24)?
“For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it.” Luke 9:24
“Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life.” John 12:25
“If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple.” Luke 14:26
Have I Begun to Understand?
As I read these verses, I sit astounded, wondering, “Do I truly grasp what this means? Have I even begun to understand the implications of these words on my life?
I know God wants me to go further. He wants me to discover what it is like to live selflessly for Him, to the point where what I want does not matter…only what He desires. God wants my eyes to be on Him and Him alone; He desires that l exalt nothing higher than Jesus Christ.
This is the start of a new journey for me.
And just as He did before, God has placed a desire in my heart to write about it and share it with others. He has placed a new book title in my heart: The Call of the Cross. I have only begun to write it and I don’t know where God will take it. But I do know God will lead me on a personal journey that will lead me closer to His heart and closer to living the crucified life.
As I start exploring this topic, I would like to share with you a new blog series I’ve entitled, “7 Things to Lose to Gain a Life of Purpose in Jesus Christ.”
Starting next week, and then every two weeks, I will be writing about one thing I need to let go of in order to die to myself and live for Christ.
I pray this will be a meaningful journey as we walk through this series together.
I am also excited that I will be bringing my twin sister, Joy Carter, along for this journey. In each blog post, Joy and I will discuss an aspect of the crucified life in a video clip. We hope to laugh, learn, and grow closer to our Savior through it all.
If you would like to read each part of this series, make sure to subscribe to my blog at www.changedbyhisgrace.com.
God bless you as you grow in Christ. Let’s take this journey together!
“Those who seek the deeper Christian life and those who want the riches that are in Christ Jesus the Lord seek no place, no wealth, no things, only Christ.” A.W. Tozer
Enjoy other posts in this series
What to Lose: