My old self has been crucified with Christ.
It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.
So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God,
who loved me and gave himself for me.
Galatians 2:20 NLT
At the end of my Easter Sunday message, I shared my deepest desire and prayer for all of us who call Mountainview home. It is for us to love nothing more than we love Jesus...To love God with our whole heart, not just part of it… To treasure Jesus more than anything else in the world… To say, along with the Apostle Paul, “It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.”
How can we know this desire and prayer has taken root and is growing in our lives? It’s when we can genuinely and authentically say, “King Jesus, I will do whatever it takes. You can do whatever it takes to transform me into a cross-carrying servant who lives for Your cross!” It’s when we willingly declare to God, “I’m Yours! I want to be free from sin! I want to be used by You! I want to honor You with my whole life!” When we do this we will find the heart He wants us to have, a heart that wants to be and do what He has made us to be and do.
My challenge on Sunday was for us to practice resurrection. To build such a relationship with Jesus that He makes our lives more, better, and fuller through the power of His glorious victory over death.
Eugene Peterson wrote:
The practice of resurrection is an intentional, deliberate decision to believe and participate in resurrection life, life out of death, life that trumps death, life that is the last word. Jesus Life…
How about it? Are you up to the challenge? Are you making the daily commitment to believe and participate in the resurrection? Is the “resurrection life” obvious in you?