“Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”
~Matthew 16:24

“Why can’t my life be easier, you know, business as usual?” I complained as I was climbing into bed after a long day.

“It was never business as usual for my Son,” God answered. “He bucked the establishment.”

“What do you mean?”

“Jesus often talked about how hard it was for a rich man to enter my kingdom—you know—the camel and eye of a needle thing,” God said. “And don’t forget that He chased the money changers out of my house.”

“I remember reading about that,” I said.

“He bucked the religious establishment, too. He healed on the Sabbath because people were more important than the law. He was a rebel. If you want to follow Him, you’ll have to be a bit of a rebel yourself.”

“Like what?” I asked.

“You’ll have to rebel against the social norms that want you to believe that the number of digits in your bank account is what makes for success. Also, If you follow my Son, you’ll have to rebel against the idea that some people aren’t worthy of your love. You’ll also have to rebel against the idea that you are better than the sick, the poor, or the downtrodden. You’ll have to rebel against your ego which wants you to believe that you are more important than others, or that life should go your way all the time,” God said. “My Son taught that the Kingdom of God is found within, beyond the ego, beyond the self, all the way down into the soul. You’re already on the right track. Keep going. It may not be easy, but it will be worth it. For it is only when you access my Kingdom, that you’ll truly be at peace.”

“I’ll do my best to follow In your Son’s footsteps and not complain about the cost, knowing I’ll gain your Kingdom,” I said as I pulled up the blanket around me and settled my head onto my pillow.

“Sweet dreams, Sparrow,” God whispered, and turned off the light.

 

 

 

 

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