Thursday, 12 December 2019
“It is those who want to make a good showing in the flesh who would force you to be circumcised, and only in order that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ ... But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.”
Because of what our Lord Jesus Christ has done for us, he is now the thing that matters to me, not the world!
We owe the Lord Jesus more than we could ever repay him; yet he doesn’t come to us demanding payment. His death on the cross for us was a gift to you from the heart of God. It reflects the depth of his love for you!
But while the Lord does not demand repayment from us, our experience of his self-sacrificing love for us, his willingness to face the unthinkable separation from God the Father for us, his humiliation and shame on our behalf — our experience of that changes us.
We’re now ‘loved people’, and that unshakable fact is the foundation of our lives. What it means to us is that he’s now the centre of our lives. Making “a good showing in the flesh” doesn’t mean to us as much as it used to. Now we’re willing to lay other things aside in order to be pleasing to him.
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