Seeing yourself in Christ is a day at a time process. End your day with one or more of these questions.   ​

  • What did I do proactively to stay focused on God’s faithfulness and Christ’s model of sacrificial suffering throughout the day? How well did it work? 
           (Thank God for whatever worked)
           

  • What happened today that led me to trust God more than before? What did he get me through? What did Christ do in me, show me, or convince me of?  
           (May be an event, remark, thought, reading, etc. Thank God for it.)
     

  • Did anyone help me carry my cross? Did I help anyone else carry his/her cross? How did that happen? 
           (Thank God for sending any helpers, and that you get to be the "God-send" for others sometimes.)
     

  • Did I chicken out of anything God wanted me to risk? 
            (Repent of losing your focus on Christ, and turn your attention back to him carrying his cross.)
     

  • Did I bring any unnecessary opposition on myself by coming across as ungracious or unloving?
            (With hindsight, imagine a better option.)
     

  • Bottom line: Is there more evidence of Christ’s sacrificial, courageous love in the world now than there would be if I had not lived today the way I lived it? 
            (If the answer is yes, then heaven's transforming power is coming to earth, just as Jesus said it is. We are following his example and proving his words true.)

Note: if you got through the day with no cross to carry personally, enlarge your world. Get information that will help you pray for fellow Christians who daily face tremendous risks for their faith in other countries. www.persecution.com

End-of-day questions

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