Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Why We Need To Wake Up

By Kristen Leigh Evensen
Think of the most influential person in your life.

At some point, you probably revered this person, in wonder of their character, accomplishments, or perhaps because they spoke unto you life-giving words of insight. For me, this person was my first babysitter. In my young female mind, she was the coolest, smartest, prettiest and kindest young woman on earth. To this day, I still carry sweet memories with me: of us playing in the sun-drenched backyard, packing picnic lunches and dressing up to play "house".

Here's the catch. The most deeply influential, revered person in your life is but a mere shadow of the majestic, awesome influence and unchanging character of the Lord God Almighty.

And yet, we forget. We forget His worthiness. His power. His authority. His steadfastness. His beauty. His active hand. His Spirit. His ability to calm the raging waters and move the grandiose mountains. Pastor and author Francis Chan would call this "spiritual amnesia". 

Where were you when God Almighty created the earth and everything in it?
Certainly nowhere near Him. And nowhere near His likeness.
Therein lies the beauty--the amazement--of the Gospel. Just when we thought we would never be able to approach God, let alone spend eternity with Him, He imparts His grace to us through Christ. He makes a way for us through faith. He transfers over all our dirty sin to His Son, who willingly suffers God's wrath. Then upon Christ's resurrection, all death and sin is defeated!

This is astonishing! Nothing else, no other gift, can compare.  

But despite the amazing reality of the Gospel, we still battle a spirit of apathy. Spiritual amnesia takes over at times, and we forget the immensity of grace poured out for us by the Lord.

My boss was speaking Scripture out loud yesterday, specifically passages about Jesus being our salvation by faith. My heart leaped at the sound of such soul-altering truth. And I began to wonder, Why does my spirit not always leap? Why is my amazement of the Lord's sovereignty and love and grace so lacking at times? When did the Gospel become ordinary, when it is so far from it?

We need to wake up to the undeserved gift of salvation that has been wholly imparted to us through Christ. There is simply nothing ordinary about it! 

Read this today, and be newly refreshed and convicted by the redeeming work of Christ for your sake. Before you trusted Christ, you could not even approach the Lord; but He has now made a way for you! Behold what Christ has done!

18 For you have not come to what may be touched, a blazing fire and darkness and gloom and a tempest 19 and the sound of a trumpet and a voice whose words made the hearers beg that no further messages be spoken to them. 20 For they could not endure the order that was given, “If even a beast touches the mountain, it shall be stoned.” 21 Indeed, so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, “I tremble with fear.” 

22 But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, 23 and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, 24 and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel. (Hebrews 12)

May we offer up to God today "acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire" (v. 28). May the Gospel of grace remind us of the eternal influence of Christ. May we be astonished and unceasingly grateful for what the Lord has done.

Heavenly Father, Thank you for our salvation! Give us more understanding because Your love runs so deeply. May we live and move and breathe as a response to your grace and love for us. May we live with hearts open, fully aware that today is far from ordinary! We worship You.


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