Monday, April 05, 2010

He is Risen!

This past weekend as I reflected on Christ's unfathomable demonstration of His love...heard many moving songs...listened to a message that again reminded me of my filthiness and God's majesty, holiness, and awesome mercy, I couldn't help but also ponder a verse I memorized in Philippians.

"Only let your conduct
be worthy
of the gospel of Christ."
Philippians 1:27

We see the cross. We have beautiful ones hanging in our churches. We wear it on a chain around our neck. We have t-shirts with it printed on. But have we forgotten the message of the cross? The message of the gospel?

Christ's sacrifice calls for a response.
To those who believe -- a response worthy of the Gospel.

If our lives have been transformed by the gospel, we need to be intent on living to honor the gospel that gave us life. How tragic to receive the riches of the gospel and then to live as a spiritual pauper. How disgraceful to be saved from death by the blood of Christ and then show no reverence for that sacrifice. How foolish to accept such love from Christ and then to resent what He asks in return.

The way we live our lives ought to be a tribute to the matchless grace that our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, has bestowed on us. The way we live ought to be worthy of the King who has chosen us.
-Henry Blackaby


Lily said...

So true--love the quotes. BEAUTIFUL photo! It is just gorgeous! Praise the Lord for He alone is worthy! He is extremely merciful to us in our sin.
The Lord be praised!

Our Army of Six said...

Love Blackaby's stuff. Very true and direct. Beautiful post Bethany!!

Jennifer said...

He is risen indeed! :-)

Andrea Herrlinger said...

Wow, Bethany! You put my recent thoughts into a nutshell. I love how you brought out the thought that our understanding of Christ's sacrifice (little though it may be!) is the motivation to truly live our whole lives for Him. May we keep His cross in our focus!

Eva said...

Lovely picture; you have excellent photography! Oh and as Jennifer said, 'He is risen indeed!' Happy birthday!

Eva said...

Good heavens! I meant Happy EASTER, not happy BIRTHDAY. Sorry about that! (hee hee) So, a Happy EASTER to you!

Erin said...

Happy Easter to you and Dan!!! I love the picture :)