“Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. Matthew 10:37-39 (NIV)
How could I ever be worthy of you? That doesn’t seem possible. Wouldn’t it be presumptuous to say that I am worthy of you? The truth is that I am a sinner. I have sinned against you in the past. I’m sure that I have sinned against you in the present. There is no doubt that I will sin against you in the future. I have sinned against you in my thoughts, words and deeds. You have confessed your sins to me. You will continue to confess your sins to me. You have asked for and received my forgiveness. You have been cleansed of all your unrighteousness. You are pure and clean and holy in my sight, not because of anything you have done. I have washed you by my blood that was shed for you on the cross. Your past, present and future sins are forgiven. I have made you worthy.
You have made me worthy, that is very good news. Yes, it is. You gave yourself fully and completely for me. You poured out your life for me. You held nothing back. It cost you everything to make me holy in your sight. Yes, it did. You demonstrated your love for me even when I was completely unworthy of your love. You loved me when I was completely unlovable. You pulled me off the dark and sinful path that I was on. You pulled my life out of the muck and mire. You rescued me from a life without you. You set me on a firm foundation. You made it possible for me to love, follow and serve you. Yes, I did.
I am so grateful and thankful for all that you have done for me. I now love you because you first loved me. You have allowed me to taste of your kindness, mercy and love. Now, I want to live my life with and for you. I want to know and do your will. I want to live a life that is pleasing in your sight. The desire of my heart is to live and walk in an intimate relationship with you. I want to hear your voice. I will listen to your instructions. I want to follow your guidance. I will leave behind the world and all its desires. I will take up my cross and follow you. I will go where you guide me. I will do all that you ask of me. That is very good.
Lord, I love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. It is my desire and joy to take up my cross to follow and serve you. My life is in your hands. Use me for your purposes to accomplish your plans. I will go where you guide me and do what you ask of me.
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