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Ask God to Fill You Up

Ask God to fill you with His remarkable joy that comes through the life and death of Him who showed us how to live and die.

Scripture

Our verse for today comes from John 19:18, ” [Golgotha], where they crucified Him, and two others with Him, one on either side, and Jesus in the center. “

Background

It has been two hundred thirty five hours since I was last at work. If I had spent that time recovering from back surgery or awaiting the return of my eyesight after experiencing an explosion of some sorts, then I might have come to work this morning with a certain amount of excitement and anticipation. Just to be able to walk and see would certainly trump any letdown from having to go back to work after having been out for more than a week. But my time away was spent vacationing in the mountains, where the temperatures were cooler, the air was drier, and the pace was relaxed and free of stress. My limbs carried me up mountains and across streams, into restaurants and safely home from the go-kart tracks. My sight took in the beauty of God’s country, the familiar faces of old friends, and the joyous smiles of our exuberant children. It was a wonderful vacation, and just the sort to make you dread going back to the office on Monday.

Application

But, while in those hills of Daniel Boone, I spent some time thinking about our Savior and His time on the cross. I thought about the two men sentenced to die with Him that weekend. You know, the Bible tells us a lot about the way we are supposed to live. It is filled with hundreds of Old Testament commandments and dozens of New Testament exhortations. But it doesn’t say much about how we are supposed to die. Except for where we are told to take up our cross daily and follow Him. And I wonder if the disciples remembered those words as they looked on from a distance at the three of them hanging there, each dying to self, and for very different reasons. I wonder if the two criminals could think of anything other than themselves as the excruciating pain shot through their bodies, carrying them in and out of consciousness. I know Jesus had much more than Himself in mind. And so, as I return to work this morning, I pray that I’ll take up my cross and lay down my dread. I pray that I’ll understand what it means to die to myself, regardless of whatever pain or inconvenience I might have to endure.

Charge

As we seek Him today, ask God to fill you with His remarkable joy that comes through the life and death of Him who showed us how to live and die.


AuthorRich Holt | BCWorldview.org 

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