“And He (Jesus) said to them all, if any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross DAILY, and follow me.” Luke 9:23
To come to the reality, and know that He came here to this earth to DIE FOR ME…that He gave up every Heavenly thing, that He loved ME so much…even before I was born of my earthly mother…to do all that for me…how could I not, as the song says ‘Take up my cross and follow Him’!
I was a Professional Musician in the world for twenty-five years, and have done numerous recordings, and performed in front of thousands, but…this is where the JOY is…this is where TRUE PEACE and joy reside. This is where all musicians who care about the talent they have been blessed with, should be using and creating…and yes, enjoying the blessings there were imparted!
We as a people tend to rely upon what we accomplish in our lives. We say, we did this, and we did that. We strive for accomplishments, and…know this…Satan will help us to believe that we are really something. He will make us think we are really going somewhere. He’ll even hand it to us on a silver platter and say, “here it is! All you have to do is reach out and take it…go ahead…it’s all yours. Everything you ever wanted can be yours!” Fame, fortune, popularity, (he knows all our weaknesses man!), just like he did to me. But, I just thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for rescuing me, and bringing me to a point in my life where I had to make a decision. I was either going to continue the way I was living, with no peace or happiness…constantly searching for something that didn’t really exist…always trying to make myself into something…you know, to be the sucker and swallow Satan’s bait; or I was going to have to GIVE UP all these things…everything I thought I had… to surrender to God, and do what I knew was right.
Man…all I know is this: I praise the Lord He kept His loving hands upon me, a low down sinner; and just like David said in the Bible: “You have turned from me my mourning into dancing; You have put off my sackcloth and girded me with gladness…”
I was on the road to doom, man…but there is victory in Christ for everyone who is WILLING to take up his cross, and follow Jesus!
By: Mike Mondragon