Sunday, February 15, 2015

Coffee Date: No Logic, Just Love

I’m expectant this Lenten season. My heart can already feel His presence stirring in the different facets of my life, but what I’m hearing most loudly is this: it’s not about me, it’s never been about me, it’s always been about Him. 
Gratitude changes everything. Grace changes everything. He paid a debt we could never pay on our own. Our Father sent His son to flip the script on death and give us the greatest gift of all: eternal life. There is no logic at Calvary, only love. 
Our Pastor said something last week I can’t shake. He said, “before we can build for His kingdom we’ve got to admit that we are a sinner, that we have junk in our heart.” The thing of it is, even after we’ve had our conversion moment, declared that our life is His, we are still in sin, we still need to go before Him in repentance daily. The hustle overtakes our hearts, and we need to slow down and realign. 
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”
— John 10:10


What if we got low before the Gospel? What if we got still and humbled and read the Good News as new news rather than old news? What if we received the Word with clean hearts?
For too long I lived life for my plans and my will. It took years for me to bend my will to His, to see that He is for me if I’d just acknowledge that His plan is greater. Through any pain and suffering, He still reigns and He is still good. I went before Him in repentance many times knowing through the Gospel He forgives me (1 John 1:9), but I was missing out on a key factor: actually receiving His forgiveness. Friends, if you’ve asked for it, His hand is reaching out to you with love and forgiveness, you just have to accept it. Don’t let your shame bury his grace.

So? Surrender. Lay it down at His feet and pick up His cross.

I want to challenge you as we prepare for Easter to be still. People will tell you that in Lent we give up something. This always rubbed me the wrong way mainly because people forget to disclose the vital part of giving up something: taking on more of Him. We give up something to gain more of Him. This year commit to fast from something that’s genuinely taking time and attention away from Him in your life.

I’ll be giving up a bit of sleep and a bit of television time so as to rededicate that time to studying through several devotional plans. Last year, I got low before the Lord in a new way and it changed my life. Last year, all that old news was finally seen as new news and He stole my heart.

My prayer as we enter into Lent is that He would invade our hearts. That we would be overcome by His presence. That we would fall before Him humbled, expectant, and prepared for His will to reign in our lives not just this season but for all of our days.  
This week we're featuring two lock screens, one a bit more feminine than the other. My hope going forward is to offer a lock screen option that the man in your life would use enabling you and your partner to meditate on the same piece of scripture throughout the week. 

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