Monday, April 09, 2007

Going Deeper- Good Friday

Each week, we're sending out an email with a weekly devotional thought taken from the previous week's sermon. I thought it would be fun to post them here for everyone to see. This was from a couple weeks ago. We'll get caught up soon...

Last Sunday, we looked briefly at one of my favorite verses in the Bible, Galatians 2:20:

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”

This verse is about a trade. We put our old, sinful life on the cross and swap it for a new one. And this new one is lived by faith and in devotion to Christ; this is called Lordship. It means we relinquish control, and live by His power and guidance. We are good at seeing Jesus as a Savior, but sometimes it’s difficult to see Him as our Lord.

Most of us are experts at compartmentalization. We order our lives like a TV dinner. In one part of the tray, there’s family; in another, there’s work; in another, we might put our hobbies. Jesus gets His compartment, too, because we want to be good Christians. The problem is that Jesus doesn’t stay confined very well. He likes to pour into the other compartments, sometimes when we’re not ready for Him.

No, the Christian life is not like a TV dinner at all. It’s more like stew. Everything is in the same bowl, everything’s touching, and it’s all covered by the same broth, which flavors everything. Jesus wants to flavor everything in our lives. After all, He didn’t give 100% of himself to get 40% from us.

So how much of your life does Jesus have?

The sermon for this topic can be found here.

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