Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Remembering the Cross

Yesterday James and I made a visit on a recent contact.  We spent some time getting to know her better and then pressed forward with some spiritual questions, trying to understand where she is at in her spiritual life.  Here were some of the troubling responses:

-Although she spent many years in a baptist church she could only define the Gospel as inspiring teachings that help us know how to live but are not exactly practical for today's world.
    -Her goal seems to be striving for perfection in this life while having to carry the weight of the results of her sinful choices.  
-A dislike of thinking or talking about the death of Christ because it can make you depressed or sad and God does not want that for us.  

What is also very troubling is the lack of a learning spirit and underlying attitude of trying to teach a pastor what Christianity is all about.   There was no thirst for righteousness or knowledge of God.

This morning I was looking at Ephesians 5:1-2
Therefore, be imitators of God, as dearly loved children.  And walk in love as the Messiah also loved us and gave Himself for us, a sacrificial and fragrant offering to God. 

These verses give me two commands to fulfill, but they are sandwiched between three DECLARATIONS of God's love 
-4:32 "forgiving one another, just as God for Christ's sake has forgiven you" 
-5:1 "as dearly loved children..."
-5:2 "As the Messiah loved us and gave Himself for us..."    
The death of Christ and His Resurrection  are the reason I want to imitate God.  It is the means of my adoption as a child of God.  It is the fuel that enables me to walk in love.   

How can we possibly set aside his death as discouraging or depressing?  If we thought he was still dead, maybe that would be true but we serve a living Savior!  

I have come to the conclusion that the more I meditate on his love; his incredible sacrifice for me, the more I will be like him, imitating Him and walking in love.

Pray for us to continue to faithfully proclaim His greatness because of his extravagant love for us. 

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