This video was shared with me today and I just have to post it. One statement made in this video just leapt off of the pages to me:
"The cross RADICALLY disrupts the very center and citadel of your life from self to Christ."
Has the very center, the very essence of your life been DISRUPTED so that you are no longer first, but Christ is?? No longer first in your thoughts, in your needs, in your ambitions, in your struggles, in your prayers?
The cross is not some little thing we look back to as a depiction of what Christ has done. But we are on the cross with Him.
"Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and takeup his cross, and follow me." Matthew 16:24
Let us not despise the cross of Jesus Christ, but embrace it. It is through the cross that we are made free from that which binds us: the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh, and the pride of life.
"For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God." I Corinthians 1:18
Oh, that God would send a disruption to shake the very foundations of our souls, until all that remains - the only things which are left standing - is that which cannot be shaken; that which is of Him.
There is a shaking coming to this world, but those who have their place in Jesus Christ will not be moved. I pray that God strengthen you and prepare you during this time. Grow not weary in well doing, for at the end, you will hear Him say, "Well done, good and faithful servant."
Another article on what it means to trust in the cross of Jesus Christ may be found here.