death approaches

The Lord looks down from heaven
on the human race to see if there are any who understand,
any who seek God.

 

All have turned away, all have become corrupt;
there is no one who does good, not even one.

 

Psalm 14:2-3

 

Easter week is approaching. The week of death, sacrifice, sin, and denial. This week approaches because when God looked down on the human race he saw no one who is not tainted with corruption, no one who could find God—or even look for Him—on their own.

We have all gone astray.

I think the most difficult part about this reality is not that we have gone astray, but that we keep going astray again and again.

Each new day brings more opportunities to harbor anger and bitterness in our hearts. It presents us with temptations to judge others quietly while pretending to love them. Each new day offers selfish motives, greedy thoughts, and prideful denials.

And we take these offers time and time again. Too often.

Our continual decisions to return to acts of death and corruption slowly turn our lives into walking cemeteries. We are not what we could be; we are not what we were created to be.

And so the week approaches. The week of death, sacrifice, sin and denial. But it is also a week of mercy and rescue. A week of uncompromising, undefeatable love in the face of our habitual self-destruction. Death approaches, but Life is close on it’s heels.

I sense the mingling of gratitude and sorrow; regret and joy. I grieve my own corruption and celebrate God’s reckless love.

But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.  Ephesians 2:4-5

 

 

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.             Romans 5:8

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2 thoughts on “death approaches

  1. Hello Joel…How true your words. The Holy Spirit directed my fingers to your posting and it was refreshing to know these thoughts that were mine (ego) are not mine at all. I am hearing the Holy Spirit more and more as I open myself up to hearing Him more and more. Funny how that works. I absolutely LOVE your line “Death approaches but Life is close on its heels”. May I have your permission to quote you? I am also always struck by our unbelievable power of choice that we take so much for granted (oh how MUCH we take for granted!) …and yes, Easter demonstrates this so perfectly. As humans, we say often that we “see the glass half full or half empty”. Don’t we also see Jesus and our lives that way too. It is our choice, at any given moment, to give up to despair (the enemy’s playground whose foundation is fear) or to surrender to Faith.
    May you be blessed today and each day. Thank you for what you do.

    • Diane, thank you for your words here. It is amazing how our intentional listening creates a hearing of the Spirit more and more. It seems so simple, and yet we sometimes forget it so quickly!

      And yes, the power of our choices–it is astounding! (A little frightening too.)

      I am humbled and grateful that you have found something here of value to the point that you would wish to pass it on or use it some way. You certainly may quote me if that is helpful to you. Thanks you for taking the time to read my thoughts and I hope you will stop by again to read and share your own thoughts. The journey of following Jesus is made that much better when we share it.

      May God bless you and make his face shine upon you this day.

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