Seize the Moment – Day 18

Dancing in the Minefields!

Matthew 16

 

Good morning! This is Pastor Jerry Ingalls from New Castle First Baptist Church. Today is Saturday, April 4

 

Listen to some of the lyrics from Andrew Peterson’s song about marriage, “Dancing in the Mind Fields”:

 

Well, “I do” are the two most famous last words
The beginning of the end
But to lose your life for another, I’ve heard
Is a good place to begin
‘Cause the only way to find your life
Is to lay your own life down
And I believe it’s an easy price
For the life that we have found

And we’re dancing in the minefields
We’re sailing in the storms
And this is harder than we dreamed

But I believe that is what the promise is for.

 

[Check it out at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Gs3fg_WsEg.]

 

These lyrics are inspired by Jesus’ invitation to follow Him. In Matthew chapter 16, verses 25-26, Jesus invites us to the abundant life, “For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it. What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?”

 

Following Jesus and being in healthy relationships have a lot in common: The willingness to put aside self-interest and egocentric lifestyle for the sake of a right relationship. I also believe this is the way of the Church, right now, in how we can serve our communities and the nations.

 

You can’t love your neighbor as yourself until self is no longer the motive of your love.

 

Seize the moment and love a neighbor today in a practical, sacrificial way that demonstrates your willingness to dance in the minefields.  

 

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