Christian Life, The Eternal Purpose

Infamy

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“There are many who are content to bear the cross, but there is scarcely a single one who is willing to bear the infamy.” ~ Madame Guyon

The hardest part of last year wasn’t living in 208 sq. feet with five other people. It wasn’t moving to the other side of the United States and meeting lots of new people. It wasn’t depending on the Lord to meet all our needs in a way new to us.

The hardest part of last year was being misunderstood. The hardest part of last year was being judged. The hardest part of last year was giving up my desire to be well thought of.

The Lord asked some things of us that others just didn’t understand. The Lord asked some things of us that others couldn’t believe He would ask.

Here’s what I’ve discovered, though: as I’ve continued to lay my reputation on the alter for His Purpose, my burden has lightened more and more. It truly is amazing how heavy this self is; how heavy this need to please man is. How heavy this desire to be liked is.

Now, I’m not saying that I don’t care anymore about being polite, or compassionate, or generally pleasant to be around. I’m talking about those times when the Lord asks something of you that goes against the status quo, or asks something of you that others will be offended by even though you aren’t purposing to offend them. I’m talking about those times when following the Lord means making others uncomfortable, and maybe even mad.

Those times can be lonely, and scary, and even hurtful.

But we have a Lord who knows EXACTLY how we feel. And what we receive when we lay our reputations, when we lay ourselves, on the alter so that He can have His way, is nothing less than a deeper experience of Jesus Christ Himself. We get to know Him. We get to know Him more. And with knowing Him we know freedom. We know a burden that is light. We know true Life.

Oh Saints, that we may know Him…

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  1. Reply
    Shirley Dills
    January 27, 2015 at 10:52 am

    Thank you Bridgette for laying your life down for us. I know the intention is to lay your life down for Him. Ultimately we are IN HIM, so both applies.

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    Donna Batty
    January 27, 2015 at 5:09 pm

    Thank you sister, a timely word of encouragement. A thousand blessings in knowing Him more awaits us. Much love to you guys xo

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    Kathleen Cruthers
    January 27, 2015 at 5:55 pm

    Thank you, Bridget. I never thought about having to lay down my desire to please others in that way. My desire is to please Him, know Him in an intimate and very close way. Thank you for sharing this. Looking forward to our gathering. Am praying for you and yours. Love you and love Him.

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    Kennth Dawson
    January 27, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    Yes you are so right…it’s scary at first to lose control but then as you go on you see His control is so much better.

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