A week before Easter Sunday, Jesus entered Jerusalem, was acknowledged as the Messiah, and then drove the moneychangers out of the Temple, setting in motion events that would lead to his execution. The first step in “taking up one’s cross” and following Jesus is getting real about what is good and true and what is evil and false in your life. So take a serious and objective look at your past actions and thoughts, and acknowledge the presence of the Lord while also owning up to at least one thing that is holding you back from your potential.
Jesus allowed himself to be arrested, tried, tortured and executed, and then rose from the dead. Part of what he was doing was showing us a path that will lead each person to the amazing potential he sees in each of us. Therefore, take up your cross and follow the Lord by walking a new path that includes self-examination, prayer, and spiritual struggle, so that you can fulfill your beautiful potential.
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Here are the readings from “Get Real”:
Luke 19:29-30, 35-48
When he drew near to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount that is called Olivet, he sent two of the disciples, saying, “Go into the village in front of you, where on entering you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever yet sat. Untie it and bring it here.”
…And they brought it to Jesus, and throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it. And as he rode along, they spread their cloaks on the road.
As he was drawing near—already on the way down the Mount of Olives—the whole multitude of his disciples began to rejoice and praise
God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen, saying, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”
And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.”
He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.”
And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who sold, saying to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a den of robbers.”
And he was teaching daily in the temple. The chief priests and the scribes and the principal men of the people were seeking to destroy him, but they did not find anything they could do, for all the people were hanging on his words.
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When you examine yourself in order to repent you should examine your thoughts and the intentions of your will. In this you should examine what you would do if you could, if, that is, you were not afraid of the law and the loss of reputation, honors and gains. All of a person’s evils are to be found there, and all the evil actions they actually do come from that source. Those who fail to examine the evils of their thought and will cannot repent, for they think and will to act afterwards as they did before. Yet willing evils is the same as doing them. This is the meaning of self-examination.