Willing Participants

Sometimes our circumstances may feel more like a crisis hostage situation. We feel trapped in the responsibility and chaos of it all. Yet, while sin still tries to hold our thoughts hostage, Christ already paid the ransom for our souls. This truth remains, and calls out to us from the cross. . .

Arise.

Rise up.

Stand firm.

Take the next step in faith.

You are free.

The truth has, will, and can set you free. You are not a hostage to sin and circumstance.

You are no more a hostage-victim than Christ was on the cross. He was a willing participant in his sacrifice. Obedient unto death.

Do we dare drink from the same cup as Christ? Do we dare trust God in the midst of the responsibility and chaos of it all? Do we dare arise, rise up, stand firm, and take the next step in faith, in freedom from sin?

Do we dare deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow Him?

Perhaps today is the day we surrender the hostage-victim mindset and become willing participants in the sacrifice.

“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.”‭‭

Romans‬ ‭12:1‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Let God Love You

Like a string of pearls fashioned by the friction of sand and time, life may seem but an array of chronological moments shaped by the tension between joy and pain. Yet in moments of sorrow or panic, sheer bliss or mundane task, know this. You are not defined by mere moments. You were not created to merely navigate around the next crisis.


You are deeply loved and dearly held in the arms of a Savior whose embrace you have felt but a nudge. The root of all creation is the love of God. God’s love gave birth to your existence. God’s love sustains your being. And God’s love is the only power that transforms mere moments into sacred breath.


Under the blanket of God’s divine love, all of life is sacred. Allow His love to enfold you, swaddle you, nurture you, caress your skin, and breath sacred life into moment upon moment, grace upon grace.


Life’s hardships can create hard, and complicated, and dreary, and dreadful moments; yet somehow in the arms of a Loving Father, these are sacred moments molding hearts and minds into the image of the Divine.


Flesh forsakes. . .God rescues. Let Him love you. There is no substitute. Let Him transcend your moments into sacred time and space. Sacred lessens your grip on the natural to allow expanse for the supernatural.


Let God love you. This is not punishment. This is not consequence. This is sacred ground. This is severe mercy. This is agape holding you still. 💞