Calvary. The place of the skull. Where Jesus was crucified.
We’re coming up on the time of year when many reflect on Jesus’ life, death and resurrection.
I observe Passover to celebrate Messiah, while most observe Easter Sunday for this. I personally, in line with the Feast of Unleavened Bread, remove leavening for a week from my home. I go through the cupboards and look at the ingredients on each item as needed. Just as I physically do this, I also spiritually do it. I become quieter, spending more time in prayer and reflection.
What still needs to be crucified in my life?
This is what I’m asking myself. What about me isn’t glorifying God? Am I dishonoring Him in my thoughts, words, or actions? Is my heart pure? Am I living in integrity? Am I walking in love?
Every year, more of my flesh and old self is surrendered on Golgotha.
Jesus (Yeshua) died for my sins. And all of us have many. Becoming a believer doesn’t automatically make me or you act like a saint. We’re still…becoming.
1 John 3:9 No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him; and he cannot keep on sinning, because he has been born of God.
No one born of God makes a practice of sinning. I don’t intentionally sin, but I still need much refinement. The Holy Spirit is faithful to do it as we yield.
Romans 12:1 I urge you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice—holy, acceptable to God—which is your spiritual service.
So, my challenge during this approaching season is to “practice Golgotha.” Be a living sacrifice. Lay aside the carnal for the eternal.
John 3:30 He must increase, but I must decrease.
I heard Amy Grant many years ago say her mother-in-law prays everyday that she’ll do something of eternal significance. That’s been my prayer for a few years now.
Father, let me never lose sight of who You are. Help me do something of eternal significance today and may more of my flesh die so I am walking more in the spirit. Help me to love more like You do.
It centers on the cross. The beautiful, old rugged cross. Where my death becomes my new life.
Forward in faith and worship. May this season remind us of the Messiah in a beautiful, new way.
And I pray that in the moments when I feel unloved I remember everything my Savior did for me. Love gives, and He gave it all.
Thank you King Yeshua.
Philippians 2:5-11 TLV Have this attitude in yourselves, which also was in Messiah Yeshua , Who, though existing in the form of God, did not consider being equal to God a thing to be grasped. But He emptied Himself— taking on the form of a slave, becoming the likeness of men and being found in appearance as a man. He humbled Himself— becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
For this reason God highly exalted Him and gave Him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Yeshua every knee should bow, in heaven and on the earth and under the earth, and every tongue profess that Yeshua the Messiah is Lord— to the glory of God the Father.