L. A. Marzulli
Mat 10: 37 “Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.
When I first read this passage 32 years ago, I said, “What, how can that be? The above statement by Yashua/Jesus, seemed impossible and frankly like He was on the ultimate ego trip. 32 years later I can say that this saying applies to my life. I love my wife, my parents, and my children, but I love Him, whom I have never seen, more. Why? Because I know by experience not theory that He is my savior, that he plucked me out of a life of drugs, bondage, and the occult. Because unlike the guru that I followed, and later the spirit guides that I embraced, He went to the core of my being and where there was darkness He brought light. He delivered me from the deception that I had bought into and I became born from above. He shed his blood for me on Calvary and by that blood I am cleansed, made whole, left in right standing with the Father. I can now cry out Abba, Father, for I am an adopted son, a king and a priest and although I am still on this earth, He sees me seated with him in heaven and no angel or man can snatch that away from me.
I am reading a book by a well-known author who in one chapter talks about Christianity. He is right when he points to the corruption of the church with indulgences, and the buying of church offices. He is right when he denounces the inquisition, and the wars that were fought in the name of its founder. However, what he doesn’t understand, what eludes him is the experience of being born from above, or born again as most people call it today. This is what set the ancient world on its head! This is what Christianity was and still is today. For me it was the most life changing day in my life. It was the start of a new way of life, where the God I had searched for came to me and through His spirit, dwelt within me; not in some controlled, possession, making me an automaton, but a hand that guides, loves, comforts, instructs, and when necessary, correct.
All of us who have had this experience know of what I speak of and I think we would agree that we love Him more than even life itself, because He is our Redeemer King. Those of us who have invited Him into our lives, now have eternal life. We have the promise that He will present us before the Father with joy and singing. These are not idle words, but a foreshadow of what is to come. Though we sometimes do and say things that are hurtful, prideful, or self-serving we are all moving toward a point in time when we will see Him face to face and know as we are known. The promise of His coming, while to some seems like a fairy tale, is nevertheless a reality that will change this planet forever. In the meantime, for those of us who are born from above, we love Him and long for His return.
In closing todays Bun: Some of you who may be reading this may think I’m nuts. That’s OK. I thought anyone who believed in Jesus was deluded, until one day, in the privacy of my room, with no prodding by anyone, I asked Him to come into my life and change it. He showed up and my life has never been the same. He is love. I can’t say it plainer or simpler than that. Jesus is love. He will take the wasted years, the broken dreams, the bitterness, the hardness of heart and heal it all. That is what He loves to do, heal us. He will send His spirit into us, and all of this we get by asking Him for it. Simple huh? My mentor Wayne Kendall used to say, if it was more difficult than that, nobody would get it! Wayne was right. If you don’t know Him, ask Him into your life. He is the Prince of Peace! He is standing at the door to your heart and waiting for you to invite Him in. Go ahead, ask Him in….