Willingness to learn
There was book that was popular many years ago entitled, “All I Really Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.” It contained simple nuggets of wisdom that were garnered from watching how children interacted with each other and the world.
It’s been said that life is a giant classroom in which we can experience many valuable lessons. What really determines our success in learning is our willingness to learn.
As the close of Lenten season approaches, I have learned three valuable lessons in observing Christ’s journey to and ultimate sacrifice on the Cross. I share these with you on your journey to living victoriously in Christ Jesus .
I must Die to Live. Believers will have difficulty living victoriously until we are willing to die to ourselves and surrender to the Lord. In His final days with His disciples, Jesus used an example from farming to illustrate this point.
I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me. (John 12:24-26)
I must Lose to Win. Believers cannot live in the fullness of God apart from the “filling” of the Holy Spirit. “Filling” means relinquishing control to the Holy Spirit. Paul shared this belief in his letter to the church in Philippi.
But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ. (Philippians 3:7, 8)
I must Surrender for Victory. Believers who surrender to the King of Kings acknowledge God as the Sovereign of the universe. We are part of God’s kingdom and we must willingly abdicate to His rule over our lives. Habakkuk, the prophet, understood this relationship when he prayed this prayer.
Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines , though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior. The Sovereign LORD is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on the heights. (Habakkuk 3:17-19)
Lenten and Easter seasons are a time for us to not only celebrate the victory of Jesus over the Cross (Is. 49:1-7) but also to prepare for our next steps after Easter. It is a perfect time for reflection and redirection.
What are the things God is asking you to lose, surrender and/or die to in order to live victoriously in the fullness of God? We need only a child-like trust in the Savior of the World, Jesus Christ, to learn all we need to know about “what really matters.”