As we approach the season of spring, it's a time of year when many Christians are reminded of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We believe that He died on the cross for our sins, but do we take time to truly reflect on what that means?
Do we consider the sacrifice that was made on our behalf?
Do we think about what it cost God to give us His Son?
It is a sacrifice that we can never fully comprehend, but one that we must never take for granted.
Reflection is a vital part of our spiritual growth. It allows us to connect with God on a deeper level and to gain a greater understanding of who He is. In the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, it's easy to get caught up in our to-do lists, our worries, and our desires. We can become so focused on our own needs and wants that we forget about the sacrifice that was made for us. We forget about the love that was poured out for us.
It's easy to take this sacrifice for granted or to become distracted by the commercialization of this season. It's important to set aside time to pause and reflect on Christ's sacrifice. Let us take time to meditate on the words of Scripture that tell us of His love for us, the pain He endured for us, and the victory He won for us. When we reflect on the cross and all that it represents, our hearts can't help but be overwhelmed with gratitude and love for our Savior.
So, as we approach this time of year, I encourage you to set aside some time each day to meditate on the cross, to think about what it means for you personally, and to seek to grow more in love with God.
Here is a prayer to guide you in your reflection. I encourage you to use this prayer as a conversation starter and ask God to reveal things about Himself to you. Remember, He said "Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know." (Jeremiah 33:3)
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for inviting me to know you. As I take this moment to connect with you, I ask for your forgiveness. Please wash me clean and take away the shame and guilt of my mistakes. Please remind me that I belong to you and that you made a way for me to be close to you. The way is Jesus. Today, I want to remember what it cost you to give me your ear and your heart. Over 2,000 years ago, Jesus walked on earth knowing what was going to happen to Him. Please help me understand how He felt, and how you felt watching Him suffer. Please help me think and feel like you do.
In Jesus' name, Amen.
May this season be a time of deep reflection, gratitude, and a renewed commitment to our Savior that compels us to live lives that honor Him.