“The world doesn’t need to see good people giving their best to God; they need to encounter God doing in and through us what only He can do.” – Henry & Melvin Blackaby, Experiencing the Spirit
Halfway through this Holy Week, have we grasped the essence of Christianity?
Death forms the central motif of our faith—not just the death of Christ which atones for our sins, but also our death to ourselves which allows for the Holy Spirit to reveal God in and through us. Without such death, sin reigns within us and we live with the illusion of self-sufficiency. Nothing damages us more.
Tomorrow we honor the death of Christ on Good Friday. Today we might consider whether we have the courage and faith to embrace death to our own ambition, our own plans, and our own control. Without such death we become merely “good people giving their best to God.” Such is not what He seeks, nor what the world needs.
That crucifixion week stood apart because Jesus—facing death—did not complain, did not flee, did not resist. Rather, He learned obedience through that which He suffered (Hebrews 5:8). And the Father revealed in Him and through Him the extraordinary power of the resurrection.
What will people see in us after this Holy Week? Decent folk doing our best to live decent lives? Or lives so fully surrendered that God Himself shines forth?
Father, forgive me for simply trying to make Christianity look appealing. Grant that I may encounter You more fully today, and that others may encounter You more fully through me. Show me how to replace my good efforts with deeper trust and greater obedience. Amen.