A mindful and crucified Christian life presents each one of us with a choice: deny ourselves and take up our own cross to follow Christ. Or continue feeling hopeless and engage in self-blame and shame by not measuring up to our own (and others) expectations. By choosing to deny ourselves and commit to living a mindful and crucified life, we are letting go of those personal expectations, disappointments, resentments, and discouragements. One also becomes aware that this type of life of discipleship is one of an unfolding process and experience.
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“Do Not Be Afraid”
Facing our fears helps us grow in spiritual wisdom. And it stems from humility and contrition of heart so that we surrender to our Heavenly Father's will. Spiritual wisdom calls us to step out of the illusion of control because we give away our power and will over our own lives. Our own desires. It calls us to relinquish the plans for a life we feel deserving of. Healthy surrender of our own personal will, walking away and letting go, we begin to experience the true freedom found in Christ alone.
Come Follow Me – A Personal Call to Living a Mindful and Crucified Christian Life
Profession and Confession of faith - living it out daily as we continue to transform our minds through God's word is the goal. We want to be transformed into a "new creation" (2 Corinthians 2:17) where we rely on Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ's wise counsel. Surrender toward God so that we have a mighty change of heart in how we think, behave, and experience life.
10 Guiding Premises of Living a Mindful and Crucified Christian Life
Christian mindfulness is coming to a place where we attach our deepest sense of self to God and seek after His kingdom and righteousness (see, Matthew 6:33, ESV). This requires us to surrender ourselves over to His divine will and grace. By being mindful, we are present focused on the moment and experiencing that moment without any prejudice or criticism. Adding to this, we are present focused on God's will and desire within those moments as we experience them without any criticism or prejudice on our part. Since we are called to seek after God and desire to do His will, we are establishing ourselves as citizens of His kingdom.
Understanding the Crucified Christian Life
A powerful and victorious Christian is one who seriously considered the cost and does not operate under the illusion of self-will in order to live the higher faith. They have placed themselves on their own cross and put to death their own strength and desires. It is absolute and true surrender born out of sincere humility. Because the only powerless Christian is one who refuses to crucify their own ego and sense of self. A powerless Christian is not one who is yielding their life in the name of Christ so that they may gain eternal perspective and salvation. Therefore, either Christ is in you, or you are in the world. Either you are maintaining a life that is alive with rebellion and desires of the flesh, or you are dead to sin and alive unto Christ for righteousness' sake.
Understanding Mindful Christianity
The proverb of putting one's hand on the plow means that one is decisively willing to commit themselves over to God. Our belief, our faith, our hope, and confidence of salvation and spiritual growth and mastery is sustained in our Heavenly Father - through Jesus Christ. And since some of Christ's teachings reflected the understanding of agriculture in His lifetime - we find the application of this passage poignant and true. Andy person willing to commit their lives and will over to the care of our Heavenly Father will only taste the fruits of spiritual growth, knowledge, insight, wisdom, and mastery by concentrating on growing in Christ and keeping an eternal perspective based on Gospel truths and principles.