“For God so loved the world that he sent his only Son, that whosoever believes in Him may never perish but have eternal life.”
The source of my hope is that I was busted by sin and saved by grace. Ephesians 2 reminds us that at some point, we all find ourselves busted by sin. “But because of His great love for us,” Paul reminds us, “God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions. It is by grace you have been saved … It is the gift of God. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God has prepared in advance for us to do.”
It’s not just that each of us possesses the raw materials for service, but also that there are good works out there with our name on them. Busted as we are, how do we become an instrument of God’s peace? How do we find light and share it in a world that often seems dark?
It is in our stories and in one another, that we connect with the power of Christ and submit to his will and his amazing plans for our lives. Jesus tells us who He is through the Bible, but even moreso through the words, and actions of His people in the world. Feeding people. Healing people. Praying for those who make us crazy. Reconciling ourselves to one another, and opening our hearts, minds and doors to neighbors of all kinds. Becoming filled with His goodness, and lost in His love.
Saved By Grace, and Called to Serve
The Good News is that the Almighty has called us to service, as busted and broken and ruined as we may be. Let us commit today and every day, to follow where the Lord leads, and be available to serve as a conduit for God’s miraculous, life-changing power and grace.
When we open our hearts and encounter the risen Christ of Easter morning, the Lord leaves us different than He found us. Exactly how different is up to us. He has raised us from death to life, and in the process has given us access to extraordinary power to rise above the challenges we will face each day as we walk through His world.
What is it in your life that you’d like to be changed by the power of the Resurrection? What is it that you yearn to rise above? If it’s a sin or a past hurt that is holding you back, yield it to the Lord and know that by the grace of God it has been nailed to the cross, and you need bear it no more. If it is a hope or a vision or a specific prayer for the future, pray to be within God’s will and trust the promise he gives us in Jeremaiah: “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
That’s why Easter in Cyberspace is here. May these meditations, thoughts and links help you find peace and meaning this Lent and Easter season.