Over the past week I have been reflecting on the Cross of Christ and the difference it can make to my life. Check them out – they make a great week of devotional thoughts.
- True Rest
- Being Made Right
- Got Ready for Purpose
- Appreciating the Cost
- A Divine Exchange
- My New Identity
Now, on a Monday I need to make my response actually mean something, that my life will be different and make a difference. So here’s the simple challenge for myself every day…be occupied by Christ.
To be occupied means to ‘be busy and active’, ‘to be filled up by’, ‘to engage the mind, energy or attention of’.
There are literally millions of things that can occupy my time, attention, energy, thinking, resources. A whole host of stuff that I can become busy and active about, so much so that I can easily forget that my primary occupation is to be a Christian. The from this position, all that I am involved in is influenced by that.
Christ must occupy my thinking.
Christ must occupy my attitude.
Christ must occupy my future.
Christ must occupy my energy.
Now that can seem a little simple, some may even say naive. Questions may come to mind ~ What about what I want? What about what I think? What about the things that are important to me? All good and valid but surely, just by asking these questions I am in danger of displaying an unwillingness to be occupied by Christ and instead to be occupied by self.
Whatever giant I am facing, whatever thoughts may be racing through my mind, whatever opinion I may have about something, however fearful or unsure I may be about the future, whether I feel everything is great or I am hard done too, I have to remember the cross. I have to remember all that Jesus accomplished for me and allow that to become my life.
Jesus became weak so we could become strong in Him.
Jesus became poor so we could become rich in Him.
Jesus became empty so we could become full of Him.
To be occupied by Christ is to remain humble enough to know that without Him I cannot succeed.
To be occupied by Christ is to remain humble enough to know that His best for my life is better than what I think is best for my life.
I want this to be my response to the cross of Jesus Christ for rest of my life. It can seem a tough call but I recognise the benefits make it worth the challenge. I need Gods unmerited favour over ALL my life, so I am going to get my ‘self’ out of the way, stay as humble as I can and depend wholly on Him for my success.
How about you?