Living For Christ

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Are You Living For Christ?

Living for Christ is not a cookie-cutter journey.  I occasionally get drawn into that assumption, but we are all valued by God, have different personalities and circumstances that make us special to our Creator.  As God’s word says, we are all parts of the body of Christ, but we do not all have the same function.  I was reminded of this again when pondering the wonderful sight of the cross on the hill.

Exhausted and weary, I began my drive home. It was 1am and I had just finished helping a hospice patient get more comfortable. Thoughts of death and struggle were ruminating in my brain. It seems there are some that leave this world promptly without much distress, but then there are others that struggle with the departure.

There is a wide array of emotions that patient and family often have to go through, before, during and after the person leaves. So many challenges and hardships our emotional psyche has to go through on this current earth. Sometimes it saddens me to see the physical and emotional pain that so many people go through, not just with death, but in life.

I had been working in the valley a couple months, but had just recently found a house that allowed me to go a different way home, so I was coming home a way I had never gone. A few miles down this highway with these thoughts of human distress, up on the hill, there stood a huge cross with the words, “Christ died for your sin, will you live for Him?” FullSizeRenderI had never seen such a thing anywhere. It was an instant reviving of my spirit. Moved, I’m sure, by the Holy Spirit, I felt immediate closeness to Jesus. I was flooded with hope and reassurance that these current earthly troubles were not permanent. Our heavenly home would be free of such things.

Through the work Jesus did on the cross, we have been given the gift of salvation, the reconciliation between our Heavenly Father and mankind. At least for those who have accepted this amazing gift. God must love us so much to provide a way that we could be His children and live with Him forever. Even though we fall so short in many ways.

I was encouraged by this landmark sentinel as I am sure many people could also say. I started coming home that way as much as possible just so I could see the cross. It is such a beacon of hope in today’s world. It is awesome!

I wanted to thank whoever put this wonderful cross on the hill to help remind people of the hope we have in Jesus. I did a Google search and a couple articles came right up. I found his name and mailed him a thank you note. What I found interesting was that this man was a self-described recluse, but he was God loving from his youth. He actually built a smaller cross from a railroad tie when he was 17. He later constructed this 112 foot cross with a 68 foot cross beam. It is embedded in 7 feet of bedrock and concrete. It is also now encased in metal to prevent damage from human and animals. He has done incredible and often dangerous upkeep to this cross for the last 44 years.

Can You Be Living For Christ As A Recluse?

I don’t know the whole story about this man, but the fact that he is a self-described recluse intrigued me. It seems like often we are told we should be with groups of other believers or doing activities with others. I understand that for many, this may be important to help them stay in step with the Spirit or to get or give support to other believers. But I think that not everyone fits that mold.

There are a lot of people who are unable to get out with others or maybe don’t feel compelled to do so. Does this necessarily mean they are not valued as much by God? Not in the least. I know several elderly folks that are unable to do a lot of activities, but they are still in relationship with their Lord and still praying on the behalf of their family or community. I also know others who are more loners. It is not that they don’t care about others, but their personality is just more introverted. That would be me.

To say it again, there are different parts with different functions in the body of Christ. All are important. We are all unique. We all have value. And just like this man, who may not be seen frequenting groups of people, he is still contributing to their spiritual health.

I can relate to this man. It reminds me that I don’t have to be something someone else thinks I should be, but that I should be who God created me to be. That’s all that matters. I have always cared about others and have wanted to help, but I am not particularly interested in being around groups of people. It is just not my thing. I frequently feel pressured to do things because society says I should or there is something wrong with me. Or it doesn’t make me a “good Christian.” That is just not the case.

I want to be who God wants me to be each day. Maybe that is being in church every Sunday or maybe it is reading God’s word at home. Maybe it is leading in the community or maybe it is encouraging others as a follower in your community. Maybe it is participating in a Bible study group or maybe it is praying for the Christians in that group. The point is, who you are and the life you live should be between you and the God who loves you. If you keep in step with His Spirit, the rest will fall into place. It is not about rules, but relationship.

Living For Christ Is Our Own Personal Journey

Whether introverted or extroverted, living for Christ is our own personal journey and like Mr. Ottosen’s cross on the hill reminds each passer-by, it is “the most essential and important thing about life.”  We all have different strengths and varied personalities. If we are living for Christ, walking with Him on our journey, then I think our most important relationship will flourish and deepen.

Do you agree?  I’d be interested in your thoughts on this when you share this post!


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