Jesus died for us and took our place, and because of that, we now live!
Have you ever faced Easter with such a personal perspective?
Have you ever picked out and bought your new Easter outfit with the thought process… “I want to look my best going to church this Easter weekend because I want to look my best knowing what Jesus did for me.”
Or, have you ever prepared your Easter dinner feast thinking…”I want to make sure the table is full of good food in honor of the One who gave His life for me.”
Or, have you ever gone shopping to purchase all of the yummy items to fill your Easter baskets thinking… “These gifts must be the best in order to reflect my heart of gratitude toward my Lord and Savior.”
If your answer is YES to any of these questions, you are way ahead of my mental position.
I LOVE Easter Sunday! I love worshipping my Lord and Savior side by side with other fellow believers! I love singing “Up From The Grave He Arose…,” and I especially love hearing the story of the empty tomb!
It is our victory! It is our Hope! It is our sure salvation! But does it change the way we live?
It should! If it doesn’t, I’m afraid nothing will!
The greatest event in History caused Jesus to take our cross upon Himself, and give us life!
What are we going to do with it?
We do not know how much time we have to live, but we know that we live for a Risen Savior!
We should live every day like it is our last!
“He died for everyone so that those who receive His new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them.”
II Corinthians 5:15
JESUS DIED FOR US TO REWRITE OUR LIFE STORY!
If Jesus died for us so that we could live for Him, then that means that our lives should be governed by an eternal perspective. Major decisions should be made based upon the influence that decision would produce for God and His kingdom.
Influence is a powerful word. It is a word that we take for granted much of the time. We sell our selves short when it comes to the power and ability we have to influence others by our actions, words and lifestyles.
Influence is the capacity or power a person has to be a compelling force on another that produce actions, behaviors and opinions.
And you thought your life didn’t matter! IT DOES!
God desires that each and every one of us uses our lives to influence the world to love like He loves, to give like He gives and to sacrifice for others, as He sacrifices for others.
What are you doing with your life Friend? Are you influencing others to love, act, behave and form opinions that make Jesus known? That is exactly what Jesus asks us to do in the verse above when He tells us to stop living selfish lives for ourselves, and start living a life of influence for Him.
Are your life decisions reflecting that kind of life? If not it is never too early or too late to start.
I love this quote by C.S. Lewis; “You are never too old, (or young,) to set another goal or dream a new dream.”
Let’s take these next few weeks and set some new goals together. Goals that reflect the kind of INFLUENCE we want to have in this world for Jesus. The kind of INFLUENCE that produces such Christ-like actions, behaviors and opinions that others are compelled to join in!
Powerful lives that influence others for Christ. I cannot think of a better way to live!
HOW WILL OUR LIFE STORY READ?
Xoxo, Love you!
Speak Truth Love
4 thoughts on “Now This Is Living! Week 1”
You keep saying that you don’t have a green thumb but yet your Dad’s rose bush bloomed and so did these! I am impressed and inspired that maybe my garden is not beyond hope! Looking forward to more on this series. The message that keeps coming up for me is “walk in the Spirit”…..that’s how I can live free as Jesus intended for me to. I need some wisdom as to how to walk that way right now and I have a good feeling that you are going to help me! Love you, keep it up Lisa! Kelly
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This means the world to me Kelly, and SO DO YOU!!!
I love you! Let’s keep BLOOMING!!!
I’m a little behind on your vlogs, so I’m trying to catch up. This one really spoke to me. It’s exactly what I needed to hear today. It reminded me of our serve day and how important those are.
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I love you Tiffany!!!