The Cause —  August 13, 2012
Devotional for today- The Cause
Mark 15
Jesus was clear on his cause. His purpose was not nebulous, his actions and reactions reflected his commitment to fulfilling his mission. Here are 3 lessons to learn:
1. When the cause is clear, your commitment level increases. 15:20 “When they were finally tired of mocking him, they took off the purple robe and put his own clothes on him again. Then they led him away to be crucified.” Jesus was committed to his mission to the point that he was willing to die for it. He did not always like it, but he never quit on it. Nebulous causes bring subpar effort. Ask yourself- Is what I’m doing worth dying for?

2. When the cause is clear, criticism doesn’t affect your effort. 15:3 “Then the leading priests kept accusing him of many crimes, 4 and Pilate asked him, “Aren’t you going to answer them? What about all these charges they are bringing against you?” The ability to withstand criticism increases proportionally to the clarity of the vision God has given to you. Notice what Jesus did: 15:5 “But Jesus said nothing, much to Pilate’s surprise.” The reason Jesus did not need to defend himself, quit, or just plain leave them without a Savior, is that He knew what he came for. When you know what you are here for, haters don’t dissuade, they encourage.

3. When the cause is clear, the leader may die, but the cause endures. 15:39 “When the Roman officer who stood facing him saw how he had died, he exclaimed, “This man truly was the Son of God!” Jesus’ cause did not die with him; it endured, expanded and emerged even stronger after his death. Let us live our lives for a greater cause.

Conclusion- I want to live a life that matters. For a cause that is clear and greater than myself.

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