“Knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; for he who has died is freed from sin.”
The greatest story ever told is one of death and resurrection. Jesus came to earth to live a perfect life, die on the cross for His people’s sins, and be raised again on the third day. This story – this dramatic, painful, astonishing story – is the same one that your Heavenly Father is retelling in your life over and over again, every single day. He does this because there is no greater story to be written! You were joined to Christ in His death in order to be reborn into new life; you were freed to love purely, genuinely, and sacrificially for the first time. At that moment, your death and rebirth were ultimate, an awakening of your whole soul. Today, your call to die is compressed into the smaller moments, playing out in a micro-gospel as you imitate Jesus and take up His cross. Truly, the greatest joys and blessings are waiting for you on the other side of your own daily death. So when your husband asks you to help him with that task that is inconvenient or ill-timed, you die. When your baby is fussy and cranky, only soothed by her mama’s arms, and that wasn’t in “the plan” for your afternoon, you die. When a friend calls as your running out the door, in need of serious prayer and encouragement, you die. But be encouraged that on the other side of that laying down of your own pleasures, wants, and desires is the taking up of the abundant, grace-infused life. Your God is there on that path, and He will guide, comfort, and sustain you to live the death He died for you first.
Praise Song of the Day: Jesus I My Cross Have Taken
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