thoughts about the Cross

I’ve been reading through Radical, by David Platt again.

And, you know how it is when you are really struck by something that it won’t leave your mind?  And then, you start thinking about the ramifications of what the something is.  And then, thoughts start piling on top of thoughts and you wish you could remember which thought started the whole thing?

That’s where I am.

Here’s the quote that started it all.  Really, there’s much more to it, but I need to start here.

“But that gift of grace involves the gift of a new heart.  New desires.  New longings.  For the first time, we want God.  We see our need for him, and we love him.  We seek after him, and we find him (Jeremiah 29:13), and we discover that he is indeed the great reward of our salvation.  We realize that we are saved not just to be forgiven of our sins or to be assured of our eternity in heaven, but we are saved to know God.  So we yearn for him (Psalm 84:2).  We want him so much that we abandon everything else to experience him (like his disciples did!).  This is the only proper response to the revelation of God in the gospel.”  **all emphasis and scripture references are mine… they way I read it in my mind. 🙂  **

Ummm… raise your hand if you’re NOT aware of the impact that paragraph could have on the American church!  Even more, what about your life… your family… how you raise your children??  The scary thing is that all of these things should already be radically changed when we acknowledge the lordship of Christ in our lives… but they’re so often not.

Psalm 84
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How many of us live our lives, and just add God in?

How many live “good”, but “God-free”, or “God-when-we-need-him” lives?

God isn’t like cream cheese!  You can’t pick the full fat version one day, and the low fat the next, and then occasionally (when you want to just do your own thing) the Neufchatel version.

He doesn’t work that way!  He’s there.  All the time.  In all his glory.  Never changing. **And, for the record, I know “cream cheese” is a weird analogy, but it’s the first one that came to mind**. 😀

We’re the ones who change… based on what makes us feel good, or what is comfortable, or what we feel we “deserve”.

Another thought.  If Jesus lived his life with the Cross at the endpoint, what am I living mine for?

Do I yearn for God, willing to give up whatever it takes to be with Him?

Food, sleep, television, novels, “me” time… whatever it takes???  If I am saved to know God, then I should be doing everything possible to know Him.

It. Just. Makes. Sense.

Forgiveness of sins?  Eternity in heaven?  Amazing.

But to live a life on earth desperate to know God more, living a life that allows him to use me as a vessel to glorify himself, and THEN heaven… even better.

Living with abandon has to happen more than just at church during the first three songs that we sing before the offering basket is passed. It has to be more than just acknowledging a Creator when we see a perfectly pink sunrise.  It even has to be more than the thrill of joy when we look at our child’s face for the first time.  It has to be more.

And that, bloggy friends, is where I’m at.

I’m overwhelmed, and not in a bad way, either.

I NEED God.  I am nothing without Him.

What’s more, if I live a life desperately seeking God, then all of the temporary troubles/worries/concerns/stresses of the world really do fade away.  Because nothing can stand in front of God’s glory and shine brighter.

That’s worth seeking him alone, don’t you think?  That’s worth the soul desperation, isn’t it?

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