It’s been a few weeks since I’ve been able to write an article for this paper, but sometimes life is just like that. So, I’m glad to be back to share something that has been revealed to me recently. Before I begin, however, I want you to picture a scenario with me.
Imagine, if you will, that you are due to the hospital for surgery to remove your appendix. It really is giving you fits, and the pain is unbearable, so you go to the hospital and prepare for surgery.
When it’s time for the doctor to come in for the surgery, you are ready. The doctor comes in, and to his surprise, you are dressed in a white coat and have a scalpel in hand. You then tell the doctor to lay down on the operating table as you perform surgery on him.
Sounds ridiculous right? No one in their right mind would do such a thing. You need the surgery and you need the doctor – someone trained to remove or fix your problem – to perform the surgery.
We often times do this very thing with God, however. We want God come come to us, but we want to pick and choose which parts of His presence in us we’d like. We want to tell God how to do the surgery in our lives and which parts to remove or keep. We want God to change the things that are easy and comfortable for us to change, but not the things that may hurt or move us out of our comfort zone. We want to hang on to a little bit of that selfishness and give God the parts that we don’t like…our view not God’s view.
You see, when you look at the cross you should have a different picture of this. It is taught all over the globe to “accept Jesus into your heart”, but God’s not asking to allow Himself to be a part of your life. He is asking you to be part of His life. When Jesus died on the cross, something magical happened. He took all our sins on the cross with him.
Now I know you must be saying, “I already know that!” But if Jesus ONLY took our sins on the cross, that would leave us empty inside. In the place of those sins and selfishness, he filled us with His righteousness. The cross wasn’t a one-way transaction. There was an exchange: Jesus took our sins, and we walked away with His righteousness. We aren’t righteous in and of ourselves, but through the cross, God makes us right – God sees us as His son or daughter because of the transaction of His SON.
This should create a different perspective for most of us. It should allow us to change our attitude from being able to allow God pieces of our lives to seeking God and how we can fit in His plan – His life. We are called to be Jesus to the world, and we can’t do that if we are still seeking ourselves and our ideals. Even when we pray, it’s about what we want. Yes, I know Jesus said to ask for whatever we wish, but it is also to be done in the heart-set of God’s ultimate will. I want what He wants. I want to be about His business. I want to seek Him. I want the live in His life – eternal life.
This life is meant to be lived to the utmost, but that can only happen when we truly give ourselves to Jesus and allow Him to replace all that sin with His righteousness as we seek to walk in Him filled with His Spirit. May you be filled with God’s Spirit, but may you also seek to use that Spirit to bless God and not merely yourself.
If there is anything I can ever do for you feel free to drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. God bless you!