Have we ever stopped long enough to wonder what, if anything, might be found beneath the cross? Many might immediately answer with sorrow, that the Savior of the world lay dead; everything is over, everything is done. Of course, we also realize as we think that, everything is not over, death has not won and we are not done. But what can we do or at least what should we be trying to do? How do we follow up with something that matches what has already been done? It doesn’t take a lot of thought for us to quickly answer that there is nothing left for us to do.
Wrong! Wrong! Wrong! I already owe Him an apology. I am short of time this morning and I am sitting here in front of my computer eating a quick bowl of cereal that I finished before realizing that I hadn’t stopped long enough to thank Him before I took my first bite. What is the matter with me? Yes, you already know as do I, our thoughts these days are not with what comes next, but what we must accomplish before this day, which we already know will be too short, is over.
How sorrowful we must cause Him to be! How can we be so cold that we don’t immediately grasp the answer – He died so that we might live! Live? What do we have to live for except our own enjoyment; our accomplishment of our tasks and our lives? We weren’t made to be pawns, were we? No, we most assuredly were not; we were created to be His children, His manifestation of life; real life!
As Paul reminded the young men of his day: For this reason I left you in Crete, that you should set in order the things that are lacking (Titus 1:5). Today we don’t have to enter the mission field to accomplish God’s will. It is right here before us, every day things are a little worse than yesterday if only we could open our eyes and see and set our minds and spirits to do. We just finished talking about what we were neglecting in our busy life, now we need to start over, but where shall we start?
There is only one blessed place and that is mentioned in the title. We need to start with asking for forgiveness and then accepting it and starting once again to live using our Lord as the example for our lives. Paul, whose influence on Christianity is second only to Jesus himself, was a Roman citizen; his family was well-to-do and he was a student of the Law. He was full of contempt for Jesus and His teachings and yet he ended up giving his very life for the Lord he loved. If Paul could change his life from one extreme to another surely there is hope for us even though we can not actually experience it as he did.
Humility is a good place to start. We have sinned against you, Lord, and we long to start over; to have a life that means something; one that can be helpful to others who need you in their lives. Our Father didn’t make some to be used and others not. Each of us is a chosen vessel designed for a special purpose. We only have to bend our knees and soften our hearts, asking Him what He would have us to do in this world He created. And then we have to listen, getting used to the way He talks to us and the signs He gives us as we move through our days. We have to clear out our minds and let His voice be heard over the hustle and bustle of others who speed through their days. He is ever patient and loving with His children as He hopes that we will hear His voice and be able to finish what there was not time enough for Him to do.
Our Father, who art in heaven,
Hallowed be Thy name;
Thy Kingdom come,
Thy will be done
On earth as it is in Heaven.