Lent: Day 29 – Christians, God has given us ears to hear his voice, eyes to see his face (in the image of each other) and a mouth to proclaim his Word, which reveals his faithfulness and his steadfast love for us. In doing so we give praise glory and honor to his name. Christ continues to be lifted up and is revealed so that those who have not heard, seen nor speak his truth will come to believe. This is all that is required of us, our bodies. When we think of the benefit of peace, strength and courage that we are enduring as we journey in this life lived through Christ we can and will be assured that it is the one sacrifice worth making. Don’t be fooled by what the world values (burnt offerings). To give up material and physical pleasures means nothing, if we are not also willing to live for Christ in our bodies to the glory of God’s name. Praise be to God!
Luke 1:26-38 ‘Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.’
Sacrifice and offering you do not desire,
but you have given me an open ear.
Burnt-offering and sin-offering
you have not required.
I have told the glad news of deliverance
in the great congregation;
see, I have not restrained my lips,
as you know, O Lord.
I have not hidden your saving help within my heart,
I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation;
I have not concealed your steadfast love and your faithfulness
from the great congregation.
Hebrews 10:4-10 ‘Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired, but a body you have prepared for me’…
‘Stand up, take your mat and walk.’ Jesus’ response to the man lying by the porticos in Jerusalem could easily be a command for us. The statement reminds me of the slogan “Just do it” made popular by a notable sneaker company some years ago. Of course it is easier said than done. Much like the man in John’s Gospel, these days we have plenty of forces that hinder our own movement towards reaching our goals. We know that many successful athletes learn to rise above the physical challenges of the body as well as the external challenges from the naysayers, haters, and those who have something to gain by their success or failure. All of which affect the mind’s capacity to believe in one self. I believe from a spiritual perspective we must have the same resolve to believe in the power and authority of Christ within us as we face those same physical and spiritual challenges. How is it possible for a multitude of descendants to come from one man except by the grace of God and that same man’s fullest capacity to believe? While God does not need our cooperation for his purpose to be fulfilled, how much more are we blessed when we choose to believe? Yes we have rules, regulations and rituals, but we shouldn’t allow them to keep us from moving forward. When convention tells us that we don’t have the capacity, we shouldn’t allow them to be an excuse. Finally, when we find ourselves standing, we should not allow them to be used for gain while intentionally using them to the destruction of others. Thus, much like the Apostle Paul, our redemption and reward will be received through one sacrifice and our own capacity to believe and willingness to stand.
Stand Up; Power in Believing; The One Full Sacrifice