Friday, August 9, 2013
It isn't finished ...
As disciples of Jesus Christ, we cannot say "it is finished."
Jesus could make that grand statement because by shedding His own blood, He once and for all paid the debt of humanity's sins. That great work of His is finished!
We can't make that great statement because we have to live out --- each day --- the privilege of being a disciple of Christ.
And it is a daily thing.
"Then he said to the crowd, 'If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross DAILY, and follow me'," Luke 9:23.
Many seem to have the attitude that once the work of man's redemption was completed by Christ on the cross, it was "finished" for us, as if we could sit back and simply wallow in grace and peace.
"Dear friends, you have always followed my instructions when I was with you. And now that I am away, it is even more important. Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases Him," Philippians 2:12.
"Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you ..." Matthew 28:19-20a.
"And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people's sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. So we are Christ's ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, 'Come back to God!'" 2 Corinthians 5:18-20.
So you see, for us, it really isn't finished.
Are you doing your part?