If we’re not careful, obedience can quickly become an act of striving to honor God, rather than surrendering to the work of the Holy Spirit within us.
HE IS ALIVE
Angels are watching over us
With the saints that have gone on before us
And they join in a heavenly chorus
Singing “He is alive, He is alive”
READ COLOSSIANS 2:6-15
Somehow, the truth of our new creation is often forgotten and we’re left feeling that we owe it to God to try our best to be good for Him - as if we could ever be good enough on our own to repay the debt. The wonderful news is that there is no debt now!
If we’re not careful, obedience quickly becomes an act of striving with our flesh to honor God, rather than surrendering to the work of the Holy Spirit in us. There is certainly a distinction between living life in our own strength verses allowing Christ to live His life in and through us. By His resurrection, we have been given the wonderful promise:
Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. - Philippians 1:6
Our good friend, Peter Furler, has been performing with us occasionally over the last few years, and most often he sings the song, “I Am Free.” At the end of the song, Peter would list a long series of things that Jesus has freed us from and then he would pause and say, “The price? The price has been paid!” The price of sin has been paid. Jesus secured our souls through His death and resurrection. We ARE forgiven but apart from Him we can do nothing. He offers to live His life through us, if we will let Him, and thus we become conduits of His love, mercy, healing, grace and power!
Thank you, Lord, that you have made me alive in Christ. Thank you for forgiving my sins. I wonder at your triumph on the cross, and I am eternally grateful that you paid the price for me. I ask you to continue to live in me each day by your Spirit, and I ask that you will complete the good work in me that you have started.
(Days 13 and 14 written by David Carr of THIRD DAY)