Greetings In the Name of the Lord:
Galatians 6:14 (NLT)
14 As for me, may I never boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of that cross, my interest in this world has been crucified, and the world’s interest in me has also died.
In his book, The Cost of Discipleship, Dietrich Bonheoffer wrote: “The cross is laid on every Christian. As we embark upon discipleship we surrender ourselves to Christ in union with his death. We give over our lives to death. The cross is not the terrible end to an otherwise god-fearing and happy life, but it meets us at the beginning of our communion with Christ. When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die.” As we focus on the cross in these last few days of Lent we need to ask ourselves, “What effect has the cross in my daily life?” We can answer that question by saying, “Well, it saved me from my sins.” While that answer is correct in one sense, but in another sense it falls woefully short as a whole. The cross most definitely saves us from our sins and gives us the hope of eternal life. However, it ought to mean a whole lot more. Yet in order for this to happen we need to allow it to take root in our lives and have its full effect. What I mean by that is this, we need to allow the Holy Spirit to crucify our old nature and allow our new nature to be resurrected. Just as Jesus surrendered himself to death on the cross, so we should surrender our lives and allow the Holy Spirit to put those things in our life that need to change. While this may terrify us, we need not look upon that as a negative thing. As Bonheoffer puts it, “The cross is not the terrible end to an otherwise god-fearing and happy life.” You see, while the cross means death, it also brings life. We may have to surrender things that we hold dear in this life, but in the end those things bring us spiritual death. However, allowing those things to die brings life that cannot be taken from us. The question we need to ask ourselves as we approach Good Friday is, “What part of me needs to be crucified by the cross of Christ?”