Journey 2018 – In Its Shadow

I know it’s only been a couple of days, but I pray that you are beginning to feel a shift. My hope for all of us would be that we would not allow that nagging feeling deep in our gut to diminish.

In all of us is a call to become.

For me, I can’t let go of the last couple of days yet. They are too precious, the process too important, to relegate these meditations to a simple New Year’s exercise. The thought is too wondrous—everything I need to become who God says I am already resides within me! The Father placed it there, and His love will release it!

I remember the first moment I came to believe. I knelt at the altar, mostly alone, the vision of the cross and the beaten body of our Lord came with vivid clarity. Still, I remember the warmth of my tear stained cheeks, and the quaking of my body at the thought of Jesus’ love for me. In that moment, I was made brand new. All things became possible. I no longer worried about who I was, or how I would get ahead. I was important to God’s plans, and His love alone was all the backing I needed.

And now, here in 2018, what I feel I really need to do is continue sitting at the foot of the cross! I must sit there until my soul is free, until I realize I no longer have any enemies. I want to stay in the shadow of that loving sacrifice until I see what Jesus sees—that all are forgiven; that all are accepted.

Truly, if the cross says anything, it says that we are all sons and daughters of the King! The playing field is equal because God’s love is equally given. No competition exists here; there’s no network to join that will advance our cause, or propel our career. A heart to win does not fit in this place, because in Christ, we’ve already won.

By His love, we simply get to be!

Listen to Jesus, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30, ESV). This gospel is not easily taught, because everything has already been done. No strategies exist on this field. We don’t work for God’s favor, nor His presence. We already have it!

Here’s what I hear today: to truly be free, in Christ, I must see all as Christ sees me. Imagine if all the evaluations and judgments in your mind were to fade…then, all your burdens would fade as well. All that’s left is you being who God has asked you to be, and everyone else is left in the Father’s hands.

Before going to church today, would take some time at the foot of the cross and let God’s Spirit rework His love through every desire and every thought. Let everyone you know stand as forgiven in your mind. Bring every inadequacy you see within you under the grace of God. and hear Him say, “I can use you, just as you are.” Believe that Jesus has already resourced every hidden dream within you.

After your time of prayer, I’ll see ya at church. 😊

2 thoughts on “Journey 2018 – In Its Shadow

  1. joyfullyhis1

    I didnt get a chance to get to church and miss everyone! My first commitment lies with my elderly mom and I am here with her as she gains strength and is at home finally! I don’t feel burdened and I have been given the extra strength and patience from the Lord to help her, His Word to me today is “faithful”…. what more could the Farher say to His daughter to lift her soul! Your meditation this morning filled me for the days to come, thank-you!! Oh yeah, I did 13 loads of laundry! Hoorah! Lol

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