With Easter just around the corner, many Christians around the world are reflecting on the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Along with Christmas, this is probably one of the most well attended Sunday services at many Christian churches. Growing up, I was told that we celebrate Easter and Christmas every day- if any of you are Indian, you have probably heard this before!! Although I used to hate it when my dad said this to me, there is truth to it. Jesus Christ died to save us; a fact that should ring true in our lives every day of the year. While Easter is a great reminder of what our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ went through on our behalf, it should also be a reminder of how we should live our lives on this earth on a daily basis.
For a time in my life I questioned the validity of Jesus Christ. I struggled with accepting the reality of His life, death, and resurrection while on this Earth. I look back and regret hurting my one, true Savior, but I also realize that that period in my life helped me grow into a stronger believer. It helped me realize that living a life without giving control to the God is not worth living at all. It was in the lowest time of my life that I felt my Savior reach out and pick me up! There is joy in knowing that no matter what I felt or did, the Holy Spirit never left my side. I’m not a parent, but I can only imagine how difficult it must be for a parent to watch her child make mistakes in her life that hurt herself and her loved ones. I could just see my Heavenly Father looking down and watching as I headed down a path of destruction. I grieved the Spirit with my lifestyle.
The song of the week put it so perfectly:
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it
Prone to leave the God I love
Here’s my heart, O take and seal it
Seal it for Thy courts above
Prone to leave the God I love!?!?! What powerful statement! How can I leave the very God that I love? How can I turn my back on the very God who gave His only Son for you and me to die on the cross for our sins? It was my sin and love for the world that put a wedge between God and me. Many of you may have been in the same boat as I was. I wandered, and if it wasn’t for God’s grace and love, I would be lost! Even in my time of darkness, God knew my heart. He knew that my sinful nature caused me to wander, but He did not give up on me. My salvation was secure in Christ Jesus. He had every right to deal with me according to my sins, but instead, He patiently pursued me, revealed my sins to me, and called me to repent. He loves me that much!
Friends, if you feel like you are too far in sin and can’t get out, I’m telling you today that there is hope. God is a God of love!!
Psalms 103: 10 says, “He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor rewarded us according to our iniquities”.
“ HE was wounded for our transgressions, HE was bruised for our iniquities..(Isaiah 52:15)
He deserves all of our worship and praise. He took on the sins of the world so that we would not have to suffer. Jesus Christ fulfilled Scripture by coming into this world and dying for our sins. Even when the world rejected Him, He continued to love. He remained obedient to the point of death, so that we can be forgiven and so that we can be called His children! Join me in giving my heart to God so that He can seal it for His courts above!
As the world celebrates Easter, let’s look to the real meaning of this holiday. Let’s examine our hearts and see if we are living for Jesus Christ, who died and rose again for our sins 2,000 years ago. We must live for Him and serve Him in everything that we do.
“I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me”. – Galatians 2:20
Surrender your hearts to Him and see what He will do with it. I leave you with this quote from my Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) series: “At conversion, the great God of creation became your God and Jesus Christ became your Savior. At that time, your commitment of yourself, your talents, your money, and your home was for life.” Our commitment to God cannot be broken. The God of this universe is your God! Give your heart to Him and see how He will honor your commitment to Him. Watch Him work in your life and reveal Himself to you. Let’s live for Him!