A Life Worth Living by Nancy Buxton

Posts tagged ‘cross’

No Flowers For Me

This is a little information I hate to tell but you already know I am pretty much an open book.  Being an open book is not always good and I have tried to become a little more discreet in my  information.  But, I have to tell you about the flowers because I know there is a lesson to be learned.

My friend’s husband brings her flowers most every Friday.  In my opinion, over the years I I I I I certainly deserve flowers every Friday but never get them.  I have even let it be known, in front of my man, that I never get flowers.  I mean it has been years since HE brought home a little bunch of flowers.

Sooooooooooooooooooo there is a store here in Lincoln that has a really nice bouquet for $5 on Friday and my friend’s husband always gets her 2 bunches–$10.  A couple of weekend’s ago I decided to stop and buy myself one measly bunch of flowers.  I brought them home and put them in a vase.  Secretly probably thinking this would make HIM feel a little bad that he didn’t bring them.  He didn’t say a word.

When we came home from the Friday evening meeting, on the counter I found two $5 Friday specials.  I squealed with delight asking my fella if he had bought them for me——-NO, he didn’t.  I quickly realized our friends have a key to the house and I knew where the flowers came from.

A week and a half  later the flowers are still on my counter, I weed out the wilted ones everyday and change the water and I have certainly enjoyed the gift of flowers.  If you’re wondering if I have gotten flowers from Bob the answer is no.  I would guess in his own sweet time he will get some because he wants to not because I have badgered him into getting them.

Sooooooooooooooo where is the punch line you may be asking?  Well, maybe I’m making more of this than I should but here goes.  First I tried to get what I wanted by badgering, then I just got what I wanted by getting it myself.  What  I really enjoyed was the surprise of the gift.  Now you know where I’m going don’t you.  The GIFT. 

The GIFT–we may try to work things out on our own but it will usually be inferior.  It’s the gift, the thing we don’t do anything for other than accept it.  The GIFT that Jesus gave us, we can’t buy it our self, we can’t even badger Him into giving it to us because it is already ours.

IDK maybe I am off base but it makes sense to me.

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Are You Held Hostage?

Have you ever gone to a circus and watched the elephants?  Sometimes they are chained together by just a small chain wrapped around one foot and tied to a small stake.  Any one of those elephants could easily rip that stake out of the ground and run away, but that almost never happens.  Circus elephants have been trained to forget who they are.  Their identity has been taken from them.  They have been trained since they were babies to submit when they feel the tug of that chain on their legs.  Thetrainer has conditioned the elephants to accept their chains so they can be tamed and controlled and put on display for the entertainment of others.

Many Christians are just like the elephants; they are held hostage by a small chain around their ankles that hold them down and keeps them from getting any where.  These people go to church and hear about all the power and spiritual authority that God has for them but they can’t seem to kick free of the chains holding them in bondage.

Just who are you and what is your identity?  You are a child of the King, the Holy Father in Heaven. Listen to this–Galatians 2:20, “I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me, and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself up for me.”  Do you get it?  You were crucified with Christ and Christ lives in you, your life is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me!!!  Oh what good news.

At the cross a union too place, the death of Jesus was physical and our death was spiritual but that doesn’t make our death any less real.

So how do you make this real in your life? Romans 6:11 says, “consider yourselfes to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.”

I think it just makes sense if we what to be close to Jesus we have to know who we are.

WHAT WAS THE COST?

I’ll never know what it cost to

See my sin on the CROSS!

But this I know

Jesus has over come!

The grave is over whelmed!

The victory is won!

He is risen from the dead!

And I hear the voice of many

Angels sing Worthy is the Lamb!

I love this song, it speaks to me.  I hope you will think about the words and hide them in your heart.  Jesus would have died on the cross for just one person.  HE IS RISEN!!

 

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