"But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed." - Isaiah 53:5
For MY transgressions, the one who is too busy to spend 30 minutes with Him. The one who keeps him in a box. The one who goes through her day and doesn't think of Him or His sovereignty in her life once...somedays or most days. The one who KNOWS His power, His goodness, and yet I leave Him out of decisions...I lack daily, hourly, by the minute devotion.
We have been studying ACTS in our small group, and what I have been struck by, as we study the early church, is that their daily lives look VERY different than mine. They continued to go to the temple regularly, they lived together, with each other, and FOR each other, but mostly for the ONE GOAL of spreading the good news, of calling for the repentance that leads to freedom, they were DEVOTED in all things. It is convicting to say the least...As we ponder the upcoming celebration of Easter, I pray these words soak into our hearts and lead us into a life devoted to the one who bore it all FOR US, the ONE who brought us PEACE, the ONE crushed so that we may LIVE...the ONE who died so we could draw NEAR to the Father forever.
*I wrote this April 9th, after the verse above was in my devotional...and here it sat for almost two weeks...