Happy Good Friday!
I don’t know about you but Good Friday used to make me so sad growing up, thoughts of “why did you have to die Jesus?” would break my heart in two until I realised something, and this ties in a lot with my Good Friday/resurrection weekend message.
This week, I listened to So Will I (100 Billion X), I mean really listened to it a whole bunch of times. And yeah, I know it’s not a new song and it’s even been sang at church plenty but I guess I’ve been distracted because, for whatever reason, I paid attention and really listened to it this week.
I’m sure that you’ll agree with me that the words of So Will I are simply amazing. The song points beautifully towards the truth that YHWH’s Love, Glory and Power are so overwhelming and so immeasurable yet He in all His glory and power still chooses each and every single one of us. We are precious in His sight.YHWH’s Love, Glory and Power are so overwhelming and so immeasurable yet He still chooses each and every single one of us Click To Tweet
The beauty of this truth is something that floors me time and time again, whether it’s through the words of this song or other reflection but it is also something that makes me realise that I could never do enough for God.
And when you say this from a carnal perspective if anyone was to say to us, “you can never do enough for me”, our initial response is to think “well, if I can’t do enough, why do anything at all?”. It’s a kind of ego protective response, but this is the opposite of what happens when we realise that we can never do enough for God. This message brings with it liberty and grace yet awe and love and it’s this combination which makes it a powerful drive to want to do something even whilst knowing that we can never repay Him or come close to doing and giving what He continues to do and give to us.
We see this expressed so beautifully in His Son, Jesus, Yeshua – the ultimate symbol of love, mercy and grace so unmerited, yes we could never do anything to repay this debt of love but who says that we can’t stir ourselves up to make a difference?
If we could love just a jot of what God loves then we have already done much more than we realise.If we could love just a jot of what God loves then we have already done much more than we realise. Click To Tweet
When we think about God’s love today this Good Friday, think about the fact that Yeshua came to set you free from the bondage of sin, fear and death so that it could no longer have a hold on you. When Jesus said that He came that you and I might live, He wasn’t talking about fancy clothes, cars, houses etc but He was talking about living a life of freedom from anything that would stop us from being who God says we are and what He has called us to do. You don’t need permission to go out into the world, you don’t need authority, Yeshua has already given you those things, you don’t even need Life because you already have it. What you really need to do is allow yourself to truly acknowledge what His death means to you and for your life.
So often we allow our own sense of insignificance, unworthiness, shame, guilt, insecurity or whatever it is, get in the way of the Life God sent His Son to earth to die for us to have. We do not see that we are stewards of the most precious possessions that God has, ourselves. We do ourselves and Him an injustice when we choose to allow fear to stop us from even trying to live that Life that came with such great sacrifice.
And I don’t say it to make you feel bad, but to really get you thinking about how precious you are to God and how you have been given such a great gift at such great cost.
Because YHWH knows our insufficiencies much more than we know what they are, He knows our secrets, our sins, our failures, our beliefs about ourselves YET He still chooses us and He still offers us the opportunity to live life with our eyes focused on His goodness instead of our own frailties.
God knows the potential within us, that when our hearts are softened and stirred up in love and awe of Him instead of hardened and darkened with fear that we can do much more than we think and make much more of a difference than we can imagine.
So this Good Friday, as you remember Jesus’ death, also remember WHY He chose to die and then ask for the grace and courage to be used in the way He created you to be used so that you can make a difference in the way that only you can make that difference.
Come join me on The Freedom and Breakthrough Programme starting the 29th of April as we uncover who we really are in God and take courageous steps to live more fully and create more impact in the world.
If you haven’t heard or even really listened to the words in So Will I, I invite you to listen today and let them really sink in.
Much Love in Him.