The cross is about identity. Who do I belong to?
When I accept that Jesus went to the cross for me, who I align my life to changes. Life is no longer about me, but about Jesus. I am choosing to identify with him. It means my lie doesn’t align to what I think is right but instead is aligned to all that Jesus wants for my life.
I am now found in Christ.
I am now the righteousness of Christ.
I am now not my own, I am bought with a price.
My performance is no longer based on what I can do, my works. Instead my performance is a result of believing that I am the righteous by faith. I live to honour Jesus, not through being sin-conscious and trying really hard to not mess up. I live to honour Jesus by recognising the benefits of being righteous-conscious.
In otherwords, when my life is connected with Jesus through His finished work at the cross, why would I want to sully that work by filling my life with anything short of Gods very best for me? Things that I think I deserve through my hard work, rather than things I don’t deserve yet I receive through Gods unmerited favour?
If death got the upper hand through one man’s wrongdoing, can you imagine the breathtaking recovery life makes, sovereign life, in those who grasp with both hands this wildly extravagant life-gift, this grand setting-everything-right, that the one man Jesus Christ provides? [Romans 5:17 The Message]
How does the cross of Christ influence you?