I suspect that we’ve all heard the words: “Carpe Diem”
Many of us drift through life believing that we have all the time in the world. And, as we do that, today becomes tomorrow and tomorrow becomes the middle of next week. Next week turns into next month; and, before we know it, we’re ringing-in another year. And, as that happens, the sands in the hourglass just keep dropping through the little hole and the sands of time keep slipping between our fingers in the exact same way.
When Jesus calls us to “take-up our the cross and follow Him,” He calls us to make “The Big Commitment”. The Big Commitment changes our lives. The Big Commitment calls us to grow into something that we might not otherwise become. The Big Commitment will challenge us to make choices and decisions that aren’t always popular with other people and call us to “put some skin in the game” when other people won’t. The Big Commitment calls us to “Seize the Day” and make the best of every opportunity that God places before us because big opportunities can be lost and key moments can disappear forever.
People often tell us that they’re “too busy” to do things that we ask them to do. But, one of the things I’ve learned in life is that no one is always busy. And what that means is that people base their decision to join hands with us (or not join hands with us) upon what number we are on their priority list. It’s about choices. It’s about commitments. It’s about setting priorities in life and shaping life around what we believe is most important.
And that’s where “The Big Commitment” comes into the picture.
When Christ calls us to “take-up our cross and follow Him,” He’s not talking about facing the challenges in our lives with faith and courage. Our personal struggles and challenges are not our crosses. Christ calls us to “take-up our cross and follow Him” when He calls us to make life-changing decisions and long-term commitments. He calls us to make choices and decisions that change the way that we think and the way that we act. When Christ calls us to “take-up our cross and follow Him,” He calls us to commit ourselves to making sacrifices in life for the sake of others that most people would never consider making – because we know that we know that we know that it’s what God wants us to do.
Carpe Diem. Seize the Day. Commit yourself to doing the things that you know God wants you to do – even if your decision to do those things separates you from some other people and all of the expectations that they’ve placed upon your life.