March 3, 2015

Read: Luke 9:23

My kids were little when Disney’s Finding Nemo came out in theaters. I was glad to discover that the movie was actually entertaining, particularly after we bought the DVD and I lost track of how many times my kids watched it.

There is one part of the film where a flock of seagulls descend. Each of these birds has the same one-liner they repeat over and over. The gulls are all constantly saying the word: mine. Essentially, it’s a group of birds racing blindly towards what each of them wants to be the first to claim. Each bird is completely focused only on what it wants to be “mine.” It becomes a chorus of “mine, mine, mine, mine…”

Aren’t we like that sometimes? It’s far too easy to focus only on our own agenda, our own lives. Before we know it, we’re trapped in the selfish mentality of asking, “What’s in it for me?” We are tempted to only look out for our own interests, to look around us and say, “mine.”

But that’s not how God called us to be. Instead of saying, “mine,” He yearns for us to say, “Yours.” Not my desires, Your desires. Not focused on me, but on You. Not my will, Your will. Not mine, but Yours.

Christ made a tremendous payment when He died on the cross. Will we deny ourselves, giving up our right to say mine? Only then can we take up our cross and follow Him.

 

Pray:  

Adoration: God is holy, mighty, gracious, and merciful. Spend time declaring your love for Him and expressing your thoughts of praise and worship.  

Confession: Ask God to search your heart and reveal any areas of unconfessed sin. Acknowledge these to the Lord and thank Him for His forgiveness.  

Thanksgiving: Express your thankfulness to God for the blessings He has given you. When we consider that we deserve punishment because of our sinfulness, and instead God gives to us His love and mercy, our only response should be one of thankfulness.  

Supplication: Petition God for growth in your character and personal discipline, and for physical health and strength.  Ask for Him to empower you for spiritual warfare against the temptations of the world, the flesh, and the devil.  Ask for help regarding your activities of the day and other concerns you have.  Intercede for the poor and hungry, the oppressed and persecuted, and those in control of world resources.  Offer prayers for peace among the nations and current events and concerns.