Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
~ Matthew 16:24, KJV ~
In the Bible, much is written on spiritual detachment. For example, the story of Abraham shows his spiritual detachment when he is willing to obey God’s command to leave his country and sacrifice his son, Isaac. This same spiritual detachment is found in Jesus when he sacrifices his human life to fulfill his Father’s redemptive plan of salvation. Jesus calls each of us to spiritual detachment when he says, “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow to me” (Mt 16:24). In other words, in order to follow Jesus we must detach ourselves from all worldly attachments (deny yourself); and detach ourselves from any fear over what it might cost to be a disciple (take up your cross).
~ The Power of Spiritual Detachment ~
The scripture is clear. As a Christian, I am to detach myself from those things that may hold me in spiritual bondage. My obedience to surrender all unto God’s divine will requires me to detach myself from the fears. Detach from those sins and temptations that have befallen me. And the desire to walk according to my own will and desire. It is my willingness to turn my life over to God’s care.
My futile attempts to grow and strengthen in this life has proven to be ill-fated. Causation for disappointment. These attempts appear in boldness of a false bravado. End result having produced shame and guilt. Regrets and apologies. Ever striving without bearing any real fruit.
True freedom comes as I lay down my old self and take up the cross. To walk daily in humility, gratitude, and submission to my Heavenly Father’s will and desire. No other attempts have proven satisfying. With this freedom comes strength.
I will not permit myself to become involved in matters I no longer am able to control. I will no longer interfere with God’s will upon my life. Instead I seek to take up my cross daily and follow my beloved Savior. Spiritual detachment means I surrender to secure freedom, strength, and courage to live out a bold faith. I am free to grow spiritually by divine wisdom and counsel.
TODAY’S PRAYER AND MEDITATION
Heavenly Father, I commit my life and will over to your care. Grant me the courage and wisdom to detach myself from those things preventing my spiritual growth. Give unto me strength and courage this day. In Jesus name, Amen
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