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In the song "I Will Glory in Your Cross", I am struck by the following lines.

"All my glory and all my shame
I lay them down to find them much the same
and all my shadows and all my shine
are hidden behind, this precious cross of Thine
and I will glory in Your cross." *

All of our accomplishments and all of our failures are equally overshadowed when laid at the foot of the cross. I wonder if our self-sufficiency and the pride that comes with accomplishments are just as repulsive to God as the times we’ve failed or strayed?!

Don't Have Time for God

When we think we have our lives under control, when we’re busy doing our own thing and don’t have time for God, aren’t we like the prodigal son? The prodigal son wanted to live his life his way and ignore his father. Isn’t that in essence what we are telling God when we feel self-sufficient? We do what we want, our way, thinking we know best. We feel we don’t really need our heavenly Father. Then when trouble comes, we run home. Or maybe that’s just me? 

I know I’m guilty of trying to live my life without God and letting pride pat my back. We want the cross to cover our sins, but if we don’t want it to cover our accomplishments, isn’t that sin? When I heard those words,

“All my glory, and all my shame
I lay them down, to find them much the same,”

I realized everything I do means nothing compared to the cross. Jesus’ sacrifice at the cross should be my constant joy, and I need to daily lay my life at the foot of the cross. Will you join me? The way of the cross leads home to glory.

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By Donice Palmer. Copyright © 2010 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines. Scripture taken from the NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION ®
*Taken from Todd Agnew’s updated version of John Bowring’s hymn, "In The Cross Of Christ I Glory".

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