You call me to live life differently from the world, Lord. Give me the grace and wisdom to do it well and remind me of my hope in You.
1 Peter 2:24, He Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness. “By His wounds you were healed.”
Living life as a Christian so often life looks plain and ordinary – at least in the beginning. Just as the disciples were baffled by a Messiah who would kneel to wash their feet, we are faced with a world that often works contrary to the way we think it should.
Everything is upside down in Christ’s commandments. The first will be last and the last will be first (Matthew 19:30). Love your enemy (Matthew 5:44). Turn the other cheek to the one who strikes you (Matthew 5:39). Nothing says upside down like Easter. Christ’s wounds healed us, and the grave held the key to eternal life.
It’s tempting to look at this broken world and think there is no beauty in it. And maybe it does appear a little plain and ordinary. It’s possible that nothing is as you thought it would be. Right now, we see “through a glass, darkly”- glimpsing only a part of God’s big picture (1 Corinthians 13:12).
Be brave enough to persevere in life – through the plain and ordinary, even the downright icky. There will come a day when everything that is upside down gets flipped right-side up. God will reveal the beauty that was there all along but we just couldn’t see. We will know fully, we will see clearly, and we will be with Jesus for eternity – and it will be so very sweet.