I have had a new perspective on death in the last year. I prayed that God would allow my mother to have her physical, earthly death because I knew it would free her. And when her death came, the feeling of freedom and the realization of the amazing gift my God had given to her through eternal life was all so overwhelming. Today, I am thinking heavily about Death. It is Good Friday. And without this day, there is NO resurrection. Without the sacrifice of God’s own son, there is no eternal life.
I find it so intriguing that we as humans hate when things end. Yes, the pleasant thing in life could go on longer from time to time. Even when something is not pleasant, there is often a part of the experience that holds us there because we know we will miss that. But to have true fulfillment we MUST live in Christ and die to the world.
Galatians 2: 20-21 says, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!”
It is not what I do but what Christ did that saves me. This year, unlike any other, I am clinging to the joy of Good Friday…the amazing joy of this day. Yes, the resurrection is my ultimate goal, but no resurrection occurs without death. In my life, I am examining what things I need to let die….or maybe work to allow to die. What am I clinging to that is separating me from true fulfillment in Christ? This life is NOT about ME….it is about Christ living in me. If something in my life is moving Christ off-center, how can I put Christ back in focus? The answer may be to re-organize or re-prioritize that part of my life….or, I may need to allow that thing to die. What is becoming master of my life? There can only be one Master….Christ. And, God wants me to live life to the fullest. Sometimes that means shedding the things that are holding me back.
John 10:10 says, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” Having Christ as our Master does not hold us back. Dying to ourselves does not hold us back. And so, the Death before Easter is so beautiful. I pray that God in His wisdom and mercy will help me shed that which is holding me back…shed that which turns my eyes away from Jesus….shed my bondage to the sins of this world….shed that which is denying me my abundant life in Christ.
Today I look full into the face of my crucified Christ. Resurrection is beautiful, but death is necessary to reach the beauty.
As you pray this week, speak the name Brittney. You, who read my blog, know what I am going to say….God knows which Brittney. Speak her name often…we need to lift her up. Pray that God may release her from her bondage and show her the full purpose of her life. Pray for those who love her that they may ask God to do the work.