THE ROAD to and from the Cross was a brutal and beautiful journey. Jesus willingly chose to lay down his life. His life was not taken from him; his life was given by Him. This week I challenge you to consider the truths of the Gospel imparted to us because of Christ’s willingness to travel this road. This Scripture guide is adapted from A Gospel Primer by Milton Vincent. It is a good read and I recommend it.
God’s gifts are all of grace, and there is nothing we can do to earn them. However, the wise believer (follower of Christ) will live in a position where God’s gracious gifts are rightly and regularly experienced.
I pray this guide will help you position yourself this week before the Lord with a right heart, spirit, mind, and body. Please take the time to look up the Scriptures and ponder them. Meditate on the Word of God.
If I wanted others to think highly of me, I would conceal the fact that a shameful slaughter of the perfect Son of God was required that I might be saved. The more I am exposed by the Cross, the more I find myself opening up about ongoing sin issues in my life. Why would anyone be shocked to hear of my struggles with past and present sin when the Cross already told them I am a desperately sinful person?
Ephesians 3:14-19, James 5:16
Lord, Thank you. Thank you that my sin and all of it’s ugliness is not something I must live ashamed in because you have gained victory over it. May I never be ashamed of the reality of the Gospel in my life. Lord, grant me the willingness to be the one that allows others the freedom to speak their struggles with sin because I share mine. May my life be opened up by the Gospel. Amen.