What I've been pondering all summer is, "how do I deal with this verse?" It truly is black and white - respond or don't respond. If I live by faith I'll deny myself and take up the cross of Christ and follow Jesus' example. Jesus was the perfect example: he died the worst death known to man, then proved His deity by rising from the grave, then left His whole being in the form of the Holy Spirit to live within believers. What more could he possible do to show us His love? Nothing..... There is Nothing.....
Then Jesus told his disciples, “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.
What is my response going to be, not just today in how I talk to my children, or treat my spouse. It is the question of what does a radical faith look like within me and how does my entire life change because of this? The Holy Spirit is powerful, I'm just so selfish and centered in on my little world or bubble that I don't see outside - outside the eyes of my flesh and into the eternal.
I'm wrestling, wrestling with how I'm going to change my life, my marriage, my finances, my lifestyle and turn them into God's life, God's marriage, God's finances, and God's lifestyle. A radical love calls for a radical response.