For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; 15 and He died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for Him who for their sake died and was raised. 2 Corinthians 5:14-15
Today’s devotion spoke of commitment. A topic outside of what we normally see during the Advent season but what a Wonderful God He is to always giving us opportunity to pause and savor His Word!
The devotion began by speaking of God’s commitment to mankind and specifically the “it is finished” work of Jesus on the cross. What love demonstrated that we might have intimate, personal relationship, and communion with the Father!
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. John 3:16-17
No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.” John 10:18
In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 1 John 4:10
No greater commitment has ever been made or demonstrated! Praise, honor, and glory to His Name for He is worthy!!! Oh my, how I love God loving me!
But then the devotion made a switch, it was like being blind sided. It began to speak of my love for and my commitment to God using the verse above, “and He died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves.”
For many this is a shock for we enter into this world being told it’s all about me, myself, and I. I can hear someone saying, ‘I thought Christmas pointed to Jesus but with me in mind. I just don’t know if it’s going to be easy to receive a gift that calls me to no longer live for self because I love me, first and foremost. Don’t be shocked, I’m not the only one. Just look around in this world. It is so self-centered and self-focused. You know the question, “what have you done for me lately?” Self-exalting. Self-indulgent. Self-centered. Selfish. Are you telling me that when I sing “Joy to the Word, the Lord is come, let earth receive her King” that I am proclaiming Jesus as King and Ruler of MY life? That “Let every heart prepare Him room” actually means room in MY heart? Are you wanting me to believe that every heart that dies to self is a heart that will sing?
Yes! Why do our hearts sing? Because when we die to self and make room in our hearts for the King of kings, we are set free from the bondage of satan, sin, and self. We are free to love, live, and serve the Savior of our souls who has “delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.” Yes, my friend, this freedom in Christ will cause your heart to sing and desire to devote, commit, and dedicate your life to Jesus!
Yes, Lord! You are worthy of my love and my commitment. My life belongs to You and for this I am glad and give you the praise.
When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. Mark 8:34