This evening I was reminded of this rich song. It is an anthem of sorts for me. The road is long and hard. There is much to see things through. And if we make it, it is all because of Christ.
“He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,” – Hebrews 1:3
Where do you start the week? Is it with the checklist of tasks needing to be done (where I started)? Is it with time for quiet reflection savoring the last moments of weekend? Is it by hitting the snooze button more than once? Maybe a better place for all of us to start is this truth of who Jesus is.
God himself. The keeper of the universe. The earth spins on its axis, the planets orbit the sun and each star flickers only because Jesus keep them in place with his very word. Once he was the sacrifice to cover and deal with our sin he sat on the throne of heaven on his way to having all nations as his footstool ushering in his eternal reign over all things.
Who has power that could top this? No one and nothing. Not my enemies, colleagues, or partners. Not my family or friends. Not my boss. Not my schedule. Not my bank statement. Not my smartphone.
Christ above all. Reigning and saving you. It is better than bulletproof coffee. It is eternity.
Look up today. Know this Jesus and rejoice that the One who tells the sun to shine knows you and loves you.
This week I am struck afresh by the call of believers to pursue reconciliation. Now we are not given a task by God to earn salvation or even an increased measure of favor, but rather because we have first been reconciled. We love because we have been loved.
It is a glorious order of operation for all of life. We are free to live with mercy, grace, and a starkly unique care for others, no matter how far from deserving it they are. All because we were further from it than them yet Christ loved us and gave himself up for us.
Still it is a regular occurrence that I want to cling to my displeasure with people over the invitation to surrender that to Jesus. Living days on end like my grudge is all I have to hold onto. To that tendency Jesus gently reminds us through his word and the community of believers that he is what we have to hold onto and he is far better than any grudge or revenge I could cook up.
When I want to “get even” the Spirit says that Jesus already has, he has balanced the scales for our good and his glory.
Now we walk that out. Living to build bridges. To love the least. To love the unlovely. Because we have been loved. Because we have been reconciled. Because we have been brought in.
Last week at our Men’s Theology group I shared my story and how I came to faith in Jesus. Part of that story was me arriving at my lowest after many failed attempts at success and fulfillment. Exhausted and drained I had a conversation with God about my desire to try him, to give over myself to his way and purpose.
This morning I was reflecting back on that story and the ride it has been since. But I was stirred to think about that act of surrender some 15+ years ago and how following Jesus has been a consistent invitation back to that posture, surrendering myself to Christ. Surrendering the idols I still wrestle with. Surrendering aspirations to greatness and popularity. Surrendering the ways I have have elevated self over others and God.
Each and every day discipleship with Jesus is saying “I am relying on you again, I give myself over to your way and purpose.”
As I was reflecting I found myself surrendering again not to gain grace but because Jesus has already poured out his grace upon me. For all of life. May we endeavor to live daily surrender for the glory of Christ!