This week always has me thinking and reflecting on Christ and His death and resurrection. It’s hard not to if you are a believer and even just somewhat involved in your church. It’s everywhere. One of the things that I have been asking myself lately is “Am I living my life in a way that reflects what Jesus did on the cross?”
I realize that is a very open ended question with a lot of different ways it can be answered, but let me explain what it means to me right now.
1. Do I stand firm on the freedom that was afforded to me through His death?
Do I rely on His grace, mercy, and freedom that came through the shedding of His blood or do I constantly struggle with the same thing repeatedly because I try to control and “fix” things on my own? I don’t even think we have began to scratch the surface of the freedom that came through His death.
2. Am I living in the power of His resurrection?
Seriously. Am I? The God of the universe came to earth and, not only died for our freedom, but He rose from the dead and defeated hell and the grave. Do we really, honestly, truly live in the power of that? Death has no victory any longer because of His death and resurrection but do I believe that through the way I live out my life?
3. Am I bringing that freedom and life giving power into my everyday life and those I come into contact with?
The short answer to that one is no. I’m not and I don’t. I can come up with excuses and reasons as to why I’m not or why I don’t do it, but the short of it is that I am robbing those around me from the life giving, resurrecting power of Christ by not offering that to them through my words and actions. Essentially a thief and hoarder of His promises and power. So either I don’t believe it enough to live it out in my own life to share it with others or I am so afraid of offending other I keep them from the freedom of the Cross. I think it’s a combination of both.
This is where my mind is now. I want to begin to fully tap into the life, power, and resurrection that Christ brought us so that I can see promises fulfilled in my life and in the lives of those around me. Will you commit to doing this with me? To do even greater things than He has done while we live out this life on earth.