Whosoever Will | Devotional
‘And when He had called the people unto him with His disciples also, He said unto them, “whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me”. Many times this scripture comes to mind when I see how we can restrict the “whosoever will” by our actions in Church, the community and our everyday lives.
When we see the homeless, the addicted, the offender, and all the others that do not quite fit comfortably into our views, beliefs, and lives, do we see them as Christ does? Sometimes we forget the darkness we left behind, the unruly lifestyles that serve as a reminder of His grace. The complex problems navigated by the gentle pruning of the Holy Spirit.
How often we remark how fortunate to have escaped the various pitfalls the downtrodden contend with on a day-to-day basis with the pious comment “there go I but by the grace of God” or some other cliche’ that judges the exterior without gazing into the interior because of the distance generated by our upward strides in Christ. How wonderful the statement would be “there I go by the grace of God” to minister His love and hope, remembering that sin is sin, and it all was and is an affront to God.
We who have come to the light have an obligation to share, whether comfortable or uncomfortable, the gospel that is life changing, not only in word, but also in deed. Love without action is superficial at best, but love that rolls up it’s sleeves and seeks not its own, but that of Christ’s will always appear genuine and changes lives. When the most unsightly, undesirable, unwelcome desires the “whosoever will”, will we, can we, be the mirror image of Jesus they need to see? God needs more than a handful these days to reach the reachable.
Heavenly Father, help me to see as you see, listen as you listen, speak hope and life as you speak hope and life. Help me Lord Jesus not to become callous in my faith and to always remember what it felt like to be freed from the clutches of darkness, forgiven and loved unconditionally. Most of all Lord God direct my steps, speech, and actions to always reflect your grace and love no matter where, when, and how it needs to be done, in the name of Christ Jesus I pray.