Ready Aim Fire
Webster’s definition of trajectory is “the path followed by a projectile flying or an object moving under the action of given forces”. I like to use this word to describe what Jesus meant by being “the way” in John 14. There are three things necessary to give something trajectory. Ready, aim, and fire. When it comes to the trajectory of the Christian life, Jesus also gave three necessary requirements. He said in Matthew 16 that “if anyone would come after me, he must deny himself, take up his cross and follow me”.
So then, the “ready” is self-denial. The “aim” is death by crucifixion and the “fire” is behavior that reflects the behavior of Christ. The remarkable thing about these three requirements is that they flow in succession. Without first denying one’s own life, it would be impossible to take up the cross and without the cross, to say you live as Christ lived, would dishonest without including the bitter end. So the trajectory of a true Christian is to first deny self, prepare to die as Christ died, and live a life of complete obedience to him. That is what being a Christian is.
Are you a Christian?
If you are a sinner, you’re qualified. If you believe that your sin was dealt with when Jesus took the punishment for your sin on the cross, then you’re prepared. If you love Jesus because of what He did, all there is left is to accept his offer to deny yourself, prepare to be persecuted and follow in the footsteps of the one you love so dearly. Come join us in worshipping this glorious God and we can teach you how to live the way that he lived.
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