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April 3, 2021; Real Grace

Posted on April 3, 2021 at 2:30 PM

Springtime is here! This is a time of renewal and regeneration, so when better to celebrate the biggest change that happened for us? Christ’s sacrifice on the cross and His triumphant victory over death didn’t just free His earthly body, it freed us as well. The blood of Jesus paid the price and broke the tie of sin that had caused us to forfeit our place in heaven with the Father, and our own birthright of eternal life. The very moment Christ walked out of the tomb, our lives were forever altered.

The question is, what do we do with that gift. Salvation isn’t the end of the story, it’s just the beginning. We aren’t simply called to be saved from the ties of our flesh, we are called to be disciples. And that is a completely different thing.

Salvation is a gift. Discipleship is a choice. We know that choices can be painful, and they can cost us. But we were designed to be more than just sojourners here on earth. God’s plan was for us to be leaders, motivators, movers and changers. We can travel through life, salvation intact, never being noticed or making waves but that only serves us. We can hang onto the gift of salvation and hoard the blessing, but it is not what we are commanded to do. Jesus told us to “share the good news.” But we can’t do that if we’re so consumed with religious zeal that we leave no room for the encompassing love that we should be showing to those around us.

In Matthew 22:36 Jesus told us that the most important command was to “love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind.” But He didn’t leave it there. He told us the second command was similar: “love your neighbor as much as you love yourself.” Not only should we value the gift of salvation, but we should honor it by spreading the news of its availability to everyone around us.

We must love even our unloveable neighbors enough to yearn for them to know the peace that we have found. We can’t beat someone over the head with the bible and expect them to understand the beauty and simplicity of the promises it contains. But we can love them into fellowship and discipleship.

We have to get our eyes off the craziness of our temporary homes and learn to have an eternal perspective. It’s a hard pill to swallow, but when we don’t share the gospel, we are taking the chance that we are condemning someone for eternity. If we don’t reach out a hand to the world, who will? There is no commandment that gives that responsibility only to the brave and well spoken. God calls us all to be His mouthpieces – His disciples. That means speaking up for what’s right, living a life of integrity and proclaiming the gospel.

And we must live in a way that is a constant reminder of the love of God. Not just in the big gestures like going out on the mission field, giving a big offering, or evangelizing to huge crowds, but in the everyday little moments of our life. Every action is a witness, and that’s where the choice (and sometimes the burden) comes in.

But there is no gray area in discipleship. 2 Timothy 2:19 tells us that “a person who calls himself a Christian should not be doing things that are wrong.” We have a greater responsibility because we’ve been given such an amazing opportunity. Christ’s sacrifice was the start of the story, but He left us with a job to do.

This is the time of year we are celebrating Jesus’ triumphant victory over death. Let’s take this opportunity to share that victory with others and rebuke the curse of death on their lives. As we move from an earthly perspective to one that looks to eternity, we have to open our eyes wide to the possibilities that God is placing in front of us. There is no better time than now, to be spreading the Good News!

 

Be blessed, my friend, God is on the throne.

 

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