“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father, through Him.” – Colossians 3:17
God sent His only son to die for our sins. Not only did He die; He was stripped. He was beaten. He was spat upon. He had a crown of thorns, not just placed on His head, but pushed hard enough that the thorns pierced His skull. He was made to carry His cross through the city and up Calvary’s hill. Once up the hill, He was nailed to the cross. A nail in in each hand and foot. Jesus hung on the cross for some six hours before He finally died.
Why did He do this? The answer is simple, He loves us.
So, am I missing something? Why would anyone not want to live their life for Him? Ok, don’t get me wrong; as my Pastor always says, “Lost people live like they’re lost because they’re lost.” But what about Christians? Those who claim to have dedicated their lives to Jesus, myself included?
I understand that we are all sinners. That’s why we needed Jesus to die for us in the first place. Being a sinner, we are going to make mistakes, bad decisions, etc. But how can you make a conscious effort to put something before Jesus and be okay with it? If you continue to do it, you must be okay with it, right?
Now, I’ll be the first to admit, I’ve done it before. I’ve blown off church to sleep in. I’ve missed an event or two because I thought something else was more important. I’m sure I’ve even lied when coming up with excuses for missing said events. I’m not proud of this behavior, by any means. Why lie about it? Because I KNEW it was wrong! I felt that conviction. It’s not a nice feeling. So, what about the next time this happens?
The next time I think ‘I’m too tired to get up and go to church’ or ‘I really want to run this race instead of going to serve in the homeless shelter’ or whatever it is, what am I going to do? I am going to remember exactly what Jesus went through and how He died for me. I am going to remember that I have been selfish for far too long. I am going to remember that there are more important things, people, serving opportunities that deserve my time. I will make every effort to do what He has called me to do; And I will do everything in the name of Jesus, giving thanks to God, my Father, through Him.
God has made us all promises. He says He will supply all our needs. He says we need not be anxious for anything. He says He will give us the desires of our hearts. We do not deserve His mercy or His grace. He gives it freely because He loves us. If He never does another thing for us, sending His son to die on the cross for our sins is enough!
Will you live for Him?