This Easter I hope we will remember the kind of God we serve. He is not a half hearted weak God. He is a God who gives everything because we are His. I hope more than anything that in the midst of our fun egg hunts and cute bunnies we will pause. I pray we all take another step forward to living and dying like Christ.
Colossians 2:13-15 (The Message)
11-15Entering into this fullness is not something you figure out or achieve. It's not a matter of being circumcised or keeping a long list of laws. No, you're already in—insiders—not through some secretive initiation rite but rather through what Christ has already gone through for you, destroying the power of sin. If it's an initiation ritual you're after, you've already been through it by submitting to baptism. Going under the water was a burial of your old life; coming up out of it was a resurrection, God raising you from the dead as he did Christ. When you were stuck in your old sin-dead life, you were incapable of responding to God. God brought you alive—right along with Christ! Think of it! All sins forgiven, the slate wiped clean, that old arrest warrant canceled and nailed to Christ's cross. He stripped all the spiritual tyrants in the universe of their sham authority at the Cross and marched them naked through the streets.
WOW!! THIS is the gift we are given. What kind of God do we truly believe in? What does our life reflect? If I believe that Christ died for me then the old me is DEAD! I am alive to be who God has called me to be. I want nothing more than to live my life in such a way that people see and know God more deeply. Not because I have to or feel I need to earn God's love. No... It was given to me long ago. Who I am and who I want to be is because my heart is changed. My heart is ever changing. How can I truly know a God who gave me everything and not desire to give Him everything in return. If my heart is not bent toward Him, growing and changing day by day, do I really even know Him at all? Never again will it be enough to simply go through the motions.