free

Because of Jesus, I am free.  There is no greater joy than knowing that through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ I am made new, and I am free.  Before reading this post, please forgive me because this may be a little (or a lot) scatterbrained.

Learning about the resurrection of Christ, and really grasping what it meant for the first time, was the foundation of my walk with the Lord.  I’ve never been able to fully understand the love of Jesus that is so deep even death could not shake it, but the glimpse that I have seen is enough to keep me searching for more every day of my life.

I will never know enough about my Savior.  I will never be content with only having a little knowledge of his love and his power.

I want to know and experience every piece of him that I can, because this is the One who saved my life.

Jesus Christ endured the weight of my sin, died for it, and defeated the grave so that I could be free. He knew no sin, yet he died the death of a criminal. In my place.

The nails put through his hands were a result of my sin…It was me that held him to that cross. But even then his amazing love for me remained unchanged.

You see, I think a lot of us overlook the fact that our God is a just God.  There is punishment for wrongdoings, and there is a price to pay for each sin we fall to.  Our sins are forgiven not because we have paid the price for them, but because Jesus did with his life. Through the death of Jesus, the debt brought on by our sin has been paid in full.

But the remarkably beautiful fact is that the story does not end there, and I thank the Lord for that.  Not only did Jesus die for us, he overcame the grave, he rose to life again, and he forever freed us from the sins holding our souls captive.

Through Jesus defeating the grave, we are given new life. We are given the opportunity to live forever with him.  Because Jesus rose from the grave, we have hope that we will one day stand face-to-face with our God, being welcomed with open arms and a heart full of love into his home to live forevermore.  This is the joy of Easter.

Death has been defeated. Jesus is alive.  Hope is ours.  We are loved. We are free.

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” -1 Peter 1:3

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send me.

Tonight I’m thinking about all those who spent their spring break serving the Lord on mission trips, and I’m amazed at the work that God is doing in the lives of those around me.  It is so incredible to see people come to know God and then spread the word, but a part of me – as horrible as it sounds – is jealous.

I want to do mission work.  I want to leave my comfort zone and go out into the world and share the love that I have found in Christ.  I want to be a part of something that brings hope where all hope seems lost.  And I want to be one of the people the Lord sends.

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” -Isaiah 6:8

Send me, Lord.

I’ve always been stuck in this mindset that if I don’t go on this mission trip or that mission trip then I am somehow less of a follower of Christ.  I have caught myself praying “Send me, Lord,” quite often.  I try so hard to give my plans up to him, trusting that he will show me where I need to go next, but I still fall into the mindset that I have to be sent somewhere.  Yet, in the 4 or so years I have prayed to be sent, the call hasn’t come.  The timing hasn’t been right, and I’m finally starting to realize that that is okay.

Please don’t get me wrong, I’m so excited for those that have answered the Lord and carried out missions all over the world, and I know that the Lord has blessed them for the trust they’ve placed in him.  I love seeing people loving Christ like I do and spreading that love to others.  But for many people, the Lord gives a different call.

You see, the one thing I’ve been missing is the fact that spreading the message of hope and unfailing love is not reserved for mission trips.  Yes, mission trips seem to magnify the experience, but the message is the same regardless of where you share it.  There is no limit to where God’s grace can reach, and there is no place that God does not dwell.

So, don’t be discouraged if you don’t feel the Lord leading you to new places to share his name, and don’t be discouraged if you feel the Lord tugging at your heart to be sent, but just not yet.  Trust his plan, and trust his timing.

In the meantime, I pray you will remember this:

If you feel like God wants you to stay right where you are, then share the gospel where you are.  If you feel led to pack up and move halfway around the world, then pack up and allow God to lead you as you follow his path.  If you, like me, know that one day you will go but you’re patiently waiting for the Lord to tell you it’s time, then show people where you are what life is like when you trust the plans of the Lord, even when you don’t know where they will lead.

As believers, our call (while slightly different as to “where”) is to spread the love of God. Introduce people to their Creator wherever you are, and know that the Lord will do the rest.

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go and make disciples.

If there is one thing social media is good for, it’s sharing Jesus.

We have access to thousands of people at our finger tips, yet we don’t often take advantage of the opportunity it presents.  We have the ability to share the Word of God each and every day with every person we are connected with on Facebook or Twitter or even Instagram, so for my fourth post I want to encourage you to join me in sharing Jesus.

Why?  Because He is worthy.

He willingly left his heavenly home and came into a broken world to live as we live, walk as we walk,  and hurt as we hurt. And he did so knowing that the road ahead of him involved beatings, mocking, and ultimately death on the cross of a criminal.

He gave his life for you to experience forgiveness for your darkest sins.  He defeated the grave so you can live forever with him in a place free of sin, anxiety, fear, and sorrow.  Through His sacrifice, He made us children of the God who is limitless.  He He did what you could never do for yourself:

He saved you…because He loves you.

Share Jesus because every person in this world needs to know the love of Christ.  Even sharing about Jesus one time could change someone’s life.

That one time you share about our Savior could be the one time someone needs to hear that they are loved.

The moment you share a bible verse could be the moment God uses you to save a soul.

The night you choose to share about the strength that can be found in Christ may be the night someone was about to give up.

The time you share about finding God’s purpose for your life could be the time someone needs to be told that they are more than a lost soul trying to find their way.

The morning you share about the grace of God could be the morning someone finally experiences that grace for himself.

That one song you shared could be the song that God uses to speak into someone’s heart for the first time.

Whether you share the Word once a day, once a week, or once a month, all that matters is that you do so. We are called to “go and make disciples of all the nations” (Matthew 28:19), so if you have experienced the redeeming love of Jesus Christ then I encourage you to go and share that love with others.  Share Jesus.

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