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It’s Less About Us & More About Him

The message of the Cross is more about Jesus and less about us (in terms of qualifications or assets we may bring to the table).  The central theme of the Cross is God’s overwhelming and extravagant love for humanity. Hinged on that love, Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice was displayed for all of the world.

The compelling truth regarding the Cross is that you or I do not have to be “good” enough, as if that were even possible, to become sons and daughters of God.  In fact, we know that the Bible says that our righteousness (if there’s anything remotely good about us) is equal to that of filthy rags.  Wow.  Way to deflate the human ego.  But it’s true.  I think most of us already know that, if we are honest with ourselves anyway.

No, the message of the Cross is less about us and all about Jesus.  His character is compassionate, loving, kind, good, thoughtful, patient, longsuffering.

“The Lord is compassionate and merciful, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love.”  ~ Psalm 103:8

If we can just grasp those attributes and dwell on those for a moment…It’s overwhelming to consider that the Great God of the Universe thinks about you and me … and prays for us daily.  The Bible says He daily makes intercession for us!  (Romans 8:34)  That is a humbling thought right there, my friend.  He has time for me?  Well, the reality is that God transcends time and space.  His reality is not the same as the confines we, humans, operate in.  He is All Powerful and His power knows no limits, no boundaries.  That is something that is difficult for our finite minds to process.  We must simply believe.

The truth is that none of us are qualified to become followers of Jesus Christ.  Equally true, God calls the unqualified.  That right there should be a liberating thought, my friend.  Grace beckons to our soul to receive such an unattainable and unearned gift.  And because of this great gift, we are then able to show others such grace.  Not that we would become hoarders of God’s gift, but a sieve for it to then flow through.

There is room at the Cross for you today.  It doesn’t matter what your past is.  God can rewrite your life story and create a brand new future for you.  That’s what I love so much about God and the redemptive power of the Cross — It is transformational!

If you fully accept God’s gift of grace, it is impossible to remain the same.  Once you’ve accepted God’s love and understand the sacrifice of His Son, it makes you want to change!

The message of the Cross is all about the love of our Heavenly Father, poured out through Jesus Christ, to reconcile a lost world back to Him.  His message is still the same today.  He is Jehovah, “I Am”, the One Who is the Self-Existent One.  He never changes.  His promises never fail.  When we are faithless, He is faithful.  (Psalm 102)

Rather than focus on your own shortcomings, set your eyes on the unchanging character of God through His Word.  When we study God’s Word, it causes things to fall into the proper perspective.  It sheds light on our darkness.  It gives us wisdom to know which path to pursue.

No, we are not the message of the Cross.  We are merely the objects of God’s unending affection.  In that regard, it makes us kind of special.  But, it’s all about Him.  We are God’s creation and He is the Creator.  May we never allow pride to confuse the two.

“God saved you by His grace when you believed.  And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.  Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.  For we are God’s masterpiece.  He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.”  ~ Ephesians 2:8-9  NLT

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Bible Reading Goal

My goal is to read through the Bible this year.  It is my goal every year.  Last year I fell off the wagon somewhere in May when we went on vacation, and despite struggling to regain my daily pace, it never happened.  Of course, I read the Bible pretty much every day; but not always in a methodical or in depth manner.

Last year I followed a daily reading plan on   (http://oneyearbibleonline.com/)

This year I’m using The Bible in 90 Days, which takes you through a daily regimen of 12 pages.  (http://biblein90days.org/)  I have the hardback NIV edition that I bought a number of years ago, and really like it.

While my goal is not necessarily to finish in 90 days, I do like the steady course of reading through each book systematically, rather than have the daily reading broken up into bits from the Old and New Testaments, etc.  Some days I read more than the 12 page prescribed daily reading, so we’ll see how soon I finish.  The main thing is reading the Word daily, and the bonus is accomplishing it within the year!  🙂

I also have (http://blueletterbible.org/) on my smart phone, which is pretty handy.

Right now I’m in the book of Joshua, and I love when God gives these instructions to Joshua as they are about to enter the land of Canaan:

“Be strong and courageous, for you are the one who will lead these people to possess all the land I swore to their ancestors I would give them.  Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the instructions Moses gave you. Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left. Then you will be successful in everything you do.  Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

~ Joshua 1:6-9

This passage pretty much sums up the “why” we should read God’s Word…because it is then “we will prosper and succeed”!  When the Word of God is our life’s compass, our lives are in order with God’s plan and we are then in position to receive His blessings!

The Word of God is unlike any other book.  It is a living book!

In the beginning the Word already existed.
    The Word was with God,
    and the Word was God.
 He existed in the beginning with God.
 God created everything through him,
    and nothing was created except through him.
 The Word gave life to everything that was created,
    and his life brought light to everyone.
 The light shines in the darkness,
    and the darkness can never extinguish it.”  ~ John 1:1-5

I’d like to challenge you to read the Bible through this year, if you’re not already doing so.  It will change your life and enrich your soul.  Promise.  It helps to carve out a set time each day for reading.  It’s far more likely to become a habit that way.  (kind of like exercise…but that’s another matter for another day…)

“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”   ~  Hebrews 4:12

I love how God’s Word convicts me when I’m wrong and comforts me when I need peace.

Please feel free to share what has helped you to incorporate reading God’s Word more regularly or what has meant to you.  I’d love to hear.

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