“My chains are gone; I’ve been set free; My God my Savior has ransomed me. And like a flood; His mercy rains; unending love; Amazing grace.” *
After a recent conversation about the real power of the resurrection of Jesus, I started to wonder. Why isn’t this spectacular, sacrificial and all loving act of God constantly at the forefront of our hearts and minds? We have a God who is utterly and truly living. We should be doing cartwheels over this very thought! Not only did God sacrifice his son for us but he gave us His Holy Spirit to live in our hearts. Why then, like winter grass, can our hearts lay dormant to this tremendous realization?
I don’t have to think too far back to recall a few dormant patches. One of the single finest memories in my life was getting married.
However, looking back, “bridezilla” may have gotten the best of me. I focused practically 24/7 on my future husband, the wedding, the dress, the wedding party, the honeymoon plans and our future new apartment. Here and there I managed to squeeze in a little time with God. He knew I was busy planning the next exciting chapter of my life so He was ok with that. Or was He?
Fast forward a few months. After a beautiful spring wedding to my best friend, a perfect honeymoon, a good job and a charming apartment; there I was, feeling a bit mediocre and lost. It wasn’t because I wasn’t totally in love, or dissatisfied with anything in particular. Was it because I had built up all this limelight centered on me? I quietly asked God to rein me in.
One night as I was mindlessly flicking between channels on TV, I stumbled onto the movie “Jesus of Nazareth.” Lying on the sofa, semi-disinterested, I watched. When the drama of the crucifixion and all that led up to it, unfolded, I found myself weeping. As Jesus’ hands and feet were nailed to the cross, I almost literally felt a veil peel off of my eyes. I could see clearly now.
Life is not all about a constant feeling of happiness and it is certainly not all about me. Perhaps true happiness is better defined as contentment. Contentment in knowing and understanding Jesus and what he has in store for us. So much more than we can imagine! “He was pierced for my iniquities.” Like the dormant winter grass giving way to the rejuvenation of spring; I could feel the renewing of my heart. “He is alive!” We serve a live savior, a live God and have been given the gift of the living Holy Spirit as our 24/7 counselor. As you are out “living it up” this week, pray about how to keep your relationship with God growing and thriving.
“Now the Lord is the spirit, and where the spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”
2 Corinthians 3:17
“It cost God nothing, so far as we know, to create nice things; but to convert rebellious wills cost Him crucifixion.” C.S. Lewis ~ “Mere Christianity”
*“Amazing Grace” by Chris Tomlin