“All God’s plans have the mark of the Cross on them, and all His plans have death to self in them.” – E. M. Bounds
I became a believer when I was 22 years old and didn’t grow up in the Church. Needless to say, I have not been a follower of Christ for very long, however one important aspect of Christianity seems to keep growing in importance in my life…that is the Cross.
It seems like no matter what circumstance I find myself in or whatever new moment in life has happened for me (getting married, having a daughter, etc.), the Cross seems to be getting bigger each day, and seems to be the main point of everything.
Whether I want to grow in my walk with the Lord, glorify Him as a husband to Joelle, or be patient and sacrificial as a father, I can look to the Cross to direct me and give me motivation. I believe there is nothing more powerful than that! Jesus gave us such an amazing example of what true love is and made a way for us to our Heavenly Father…all through the Cross.
“For the word of the Cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” – 1 Corinthians 1:18
My simple encouragement for you is to not forget about this. To not move on from the Cross, but rather let it become bigger for you each day. The more I see how truly sinful I am, I also see how truly holy God is. If we were to look at the Cross each day, and remember what Jesus did for us, we would start the day off knowing we are forgiven when we deserved punishment. We were made alive, when we deserved death.
Hopefully, the Gospel is not getting boring to you. I am guilty of this many times, but I can be listening to a sermon or reading about the Gospel, and almost skip across it to the “main points” of the message or post. I’m guilty of forgetting the ultimate main point…the Cross…the Gospel.
Wherever you find yourself today, let the Cross minister to you. If you are having a great day and everything seems to be clicking for you, let the Cross humble you and remind you that you are in need of a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. If you are having a bad day and feel everything around you is crumbling down, let the Cross build you up and remind you that what Jesus did was enough and will always be enough.
Because of the Cross, we can obtain salvation through what Jesus did for us. All we have to do is choose to believe and repent. Once we decide to become followers of Christ, we then live each day through the lens of the Cross. If we move on from that, we will indeed struggle and sin. If you feel like you have moved on from the Cross today, I encourage you to bring yourself back. Read through one of the Gospels and remind yourself of what Jesus has done for you. Look to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the Cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God (Hebrews 12:2).
Remember today, the Cross is enough.