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Daily Living – Episode 2 – Andrew Evans

Daily Living – Episode 2 – Andrew Evans

READ MARK 8:34
“And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. ”

“What do you want to be when you grow up?”

That was the question that defined my childhood.

As a kid, I used to watch movies and imitate the actors – dress like them, talk like them, play the part. With a snap of your fingers and just enough fairy dust, you could become anyone you wanted to be – at least that’s what Tinker Bell taught us. I’d masquerade as Peter Pan, fighting the evil Captain Hook, leading the lost boys to victory, and flying back and forth to Neverland. Some nights I was Luke Skywalker or Indiana Jones, other nights I was Buzz Lightyear or Superman. But at the end of the night, I would place my plastic sword back in the toy box, fold up my cape, and call it a night. It was all just pretend – I was playing the part.

I often wonder if this is the approach we take to our walk with Christ. Are we just playing the part? Just pretending? Many Christians, both young and old, have a tendency to simply put on the outfit and memorize the lines, but that formula doesn’t make them a Jesus Follower any more than putting on a cape makes me Superman. You see, we can be great actors and actresses, great pretenders – but ineffective Christ Followers.

I believe Jesus wants us to have a correct understanding of what’s involved in following Him. So, in an effort to share with the crowd about what His death and resurrection would look like, Jesus also painted a picture of what the life of a Christ Follower should look like. Jesus says – “If you’re going to follow me, here’s the formula: deny yourself and take up your cross .” This way of living isn’t convenient. This way of living isn’t comfortable. There’s no comfortable way to carry a cross. But this way of living is worth it. For in doing so, we find life.

So as we begin a new year – let’s commit to not just put on the outfit and memorize the lines.

Let’s commit to not just “play the part.” But let us wholly surrender ourselves – laying down our lives to better lift up HIS.