Pressed Into Service

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Simon of CyreneAs they were coming out, they found a man of Cyrene named Simon, whom they pressed into service to bear His cross. Matthew 27:32

Simon was forced to carry Jesus cross. The Bible says he was pressed into service. We are called to willingly serve God. But, it seems like I get stuck in this crazy mode of calling people to ‘fun in Jesus name’, instead of cross-carrying. Jesus said come and see. He also said come and die. Die to yourself and live for me. When I read this part of the drama of Jesus’ suffering, I immediately reflect back to Jesus words ‘Anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.’ Matthew 10:38 Then I think of the writings of Aiden Tozer and his admonishment – Strange, is it not, that we dare without shame to alter, to modulate the words of Christ while speaking for Christ to the very ones for whom He died?

How can I get centered on the call of Christ in my own life? Have worldly pleasures derailed me or am I still in balance with God, enjoying what He provides?

God, I don’t feel guilty about anything. But, a passion for holiness and godly sacrifice is flowing through my spirit right now. I am thinking of no one else, just myself. Do I have to be pressed into service? Or am I a volunteer?

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