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Living in the shadow of the Cross only, or truly clinging to it, not willing to let go, no matter what the cost?
April 29, 2015
Leslie Ludy has such a great way of articulating the truths written in Scripture, while doing it in a loving, yet challenging way. This book is a fresh reminder to us of how we, as set apart young woman are supposed to live in light of the Cross. The Gospel that we hear in so many Churches now-a-days, is, "Jesus loves you, He died for you. Come as you are; He loves you as you are." While much of this may be true, the pattern laid out for us in Scripture is SO much more than that! The grand and glorious message of the true Gospel of Christ is, "Come,
and die." The Lamb that was slain is worthy to receive the reward of His suffering in and through our life! The question that was kept at the fore-front of my mind as I read this book, was, "Are you living only in the shadow of the Cross, or are you truly clinging to it, not willing to let go, no matter what the cost?" When thinking about my life, and the time I have here on earth, (if asked), I would say that it all belongs to God. My time is not "my time." It belongs to God, and He can do with it as He pleases. However, when I take a step back, and see how I really spend
my time, and what my true priorities are, I wonder if that really is the case. Does He REALLY have all my time, or am I just saying that? Does He have it ALL, or only parts? Take my sleep time for example. Would I be willing, if it was what The Lord asked of me, to wake up in the middle of the night, and spend hours on my knees, laboring on behalf of those around the world who are imprisoned for their faith? For those who have no voice? For the unsaved right in my own town/neighborhood? Am I willing to be an intercessor for the weak and the vulnerable around
the world? We need our sleep... yes. However, if The Lord asks you to stay up and pray with Him, rather than going to sleep, you do not need to rely upon your own strength. Because, "Faithful is he that calleth you who also will do it." (1 Thessalonians 5:24) He also will provide the grace you need to not only survive the next day (no matter what it is you have to get done), but also to thrive and to blossom in and through it! Christ gave it all, and it's what He expects in return. What little we have, for ALL the brightness and glory of all that He is. It's an even exchange, a convenant of grace. My life for Thine, Thy life for mine. Are you willing to lay it all on the line, in order that Christ may be glorified in your life and in your body, whether it be by life or by death (Philippians 1:20)?
This book is challenging and convicting, yet inspiring and refreshing, and I would encourage women of any age, who are seeking to live a set apart life for Christ to read it!