It is with great anticipation that we look forward to the weekend after a week full of many activities and perhaps studies and therefore when Friday comes it’s a great relief because it means time to rest and relax. That said, this Friday is special because we are celebrating Easter and that means an even longer weekend.
Most of us are familiar with why we celebrate Easter. We have heard it countless times, year after year- the Death and Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. As we look forward to this Easter holiday, having plans is a beautiful thing but I would like to ask us to take a moment and ask ourselves this important question: He died for you; are you living for Him?
HE DIED FOR YOU
We are familiar with the fact that Christ died for us. In fact, we have probably grown up hearing this truth all our lives and there is a high likelihood that it has become too familiar- too cliché. It is said that familiarity breeds contempt. Could it be that we have become too familiar with this life-changing truth such that it has become contemptuous?
It is high time we revisit this truth for it is because of Christ’s death that we have life. His death brought us life- and life in abundance. Most of what I am going to share today we have heard before but I would like to encourage us to reflect on this truth that has so much power and that we may have become too familiar with.
“You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone died for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
From the above scripture passage we see that Christ died for us- not because of anything good we have done or will do but because of His great love for us. A love so great that He loved us while we were still sinners. Even for us, It is not easy to sacrifice ourselves and receive punishment on behalf of a good person…let’s say a friend…very few would be willing… what about a person who is guilty? But Christ did it- He died for us, sinners. If we are not shaken and challenged by this truth and God’s great love for us, I don’t know what else will.
We have heard all this before and I would just request us to take a moment and reflect on this truth. That approximately 2,000 years ago, a man named Jesus died for you and me- for our sins, that we may be reconciled with God. He did this because of His love for us- a love so great such that He did not wait for us to change but loved us just as we are; sinners. We are all familiar with John 3:16 but this Easter, it would only be right to reflect on this verse and see it in a new light praying that God will giving us fresh insight into it. That we will be able to truly see what Christ did for us on the cross.
ARE YOU LIVING FOR HIM?
What Christ did on the cross for us cannot simply go unnoticed- it demands a response. The death and resurrection of Christ is the only event that has the power to save and give hope to humanity. Most times we ask ourselves what we can do to thank God for the sacrifice of sending His only son to die for us- and this was at a great cost to Him because our sins required to be paid for. You may be asking: what does the Lord require from me? How can I thank Him?
“He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.”
1 Peter 2:24
What God requires from us is that we may live for Him. This is the only way we can thank God for what He did for us on the cross. Living for God starts when we give our lives to Him- when we get born again. Living for God requires that we walk in His ways and obey His commands and His commands are not burdensome (1 John 5:3).
Living for God involves and affects every aspect of our lives- it permeates to the details of our lives. It involves how we dress, what we say, how we say it, how we spend our time, how we spend our money, our friendships and relationships- it affects our lives to the details.
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God- this is your spiritual act of worship.”
When we live for God, the sole purpose of our existence becomes to glorify God. Whether it is in our studies and careers or our friendships and how we spend our time: what we watch and listen to, it should all bring glory to God.
God has called us to be holy, just as He is holy (1 Peter 1:16), for He is light and in Him there is no darkness (1 John 1:5). God abhors and detests sin- He cannot dwell where there is sin and that is why we must work out our salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12).
Working out our salvation does not mean trying to earn our salvation, because we cannot, but rather it means living a life worthy of the calling we have received and this is only possible through God’s grace. While living for God involves doing deeds to please Him, we should not forget the order of being and doing as I shared in the previous post. We are first called to be in a relationship with God and our actions are a result- an outpouring of our abiding and remaining in Christ.
Once again, I pose the question to you: He died for you: are you living for Him? For those who are not yet born again, the first step is believing in God. For those who are born again, Easter is a period of revival. Thank God for the gift of salvation and for preserving and sustaining you up to this moment. Ask God to help you live a victorious Christian life.
“To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy- to the only God our savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and for evermore! Amen.”