“If you have any encouragement by being united with Christ.” Phil 2:1
This weekend I went to a wedding where part of the ceremony was to pour two separate vials of sand into one container, while the officiator explained that this symbolized that their lives were no longer their own in any way, their lives were one.
In the same way, I read about Jesus and how he poured everything of his life into our own:
I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. John 15:15
As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. John 15:9
I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them. John 17:13
I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— I in them and you in me John 17:22-23
I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you….we will come to them and make our home with them….my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. John 15
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me Gal 2:20
Just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Eph 5:2
And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age Matt 28:20
Jesus gave his life for me. I am united with Him and now everything that Jesus is has been made available for me — his Spirit, his wisdom, his joy, his peace. I didn’t mention these verses, but he also intercedes for us and makes sure we have anything we ask in his name.
This encourages me so much because I feel so much more capable of doing what I want and need to do.
Jesus gave all. Jesus still gives in complete and utter abundance. This is how God gives. To finish this entry, I want to share what I read in “Grace” by Max Lucado yesterday. It describes so well the way God lavishes His love on us.
“He (God) doesn’t just dole out wisdom, he ‘gives generously to all without finding fault.’ (James 1:5) He is rich in ‘kindness, tolerance and patience.’ (Rom 2:4) His grace is ‘exceedingly abundant’ (I Tim 1:14) and ‘indescribable’ (II Cor 9:14-15).
“He overflowed the table of the prodigal with a banquet, the vats at the wedding with wine, and the boat of Peter with fish, twice. He healed all who sought health, taught all who wanted instruction, and saved all who accepted the gift of salvation.
“He assured Peter, as well as all disciples, that we ‘shall receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life’ (Matt 19:29).
He dispenses his goodness not with an eyedropper, but with a fire hydrant. Your heart is a Dixie cup and his grace is the Mediterranean Sea. “