Thursday, August 1, 2013
A full and free life!
This is my very favorite picture of my sister and I taken at the beach earlier this summer, it's framed on my desk and is my profile picture on Facebook. Besides my husband and kids she is always my very first choice to hang out with. There are few people I can be more completely myself with than her. She makes me laugh harder than anyone on the planet and there are so many times when I've wished I was as cool as her. We are ten years apart so when I moved out she was only 9 years old, so hard to believe! She was my maid of honor in my wedding and sang "I'm gonna love you like nobody's loved you come rain or come shine" at only 14 years of age. As we've grown up we've developed a very strong sister bond and through tough times she was so strong for me.
I share this with you so that you'll hopefully understand how deeply I love her and how strongly I hold her in my heart.
Last night I woke up from a very vidid dream of which I remember every single detail. I've woken from dreams before only to forget them the next morning but I find that I can still recall the whole thing. In my dream I was sitting in Stefie's car, she was in the drivers seat. While in the car she had the gas peddle pushed to the floor and was breaking the law so, naturally, we were stopped by the police. Instead of going to the driver's window he came to mine and took MY information. I remember thinking, "why is he talking to me? I am not the one who broke the law" and sat there as I received a hefty fine for the disturbance. As I stayed in the car waiting for the officer to give me my fine I remember deciding not to tell him that Stefie was actually the one who broke the law knowing that she couldn't possibly afford the ticket. Because I love her so deeply I accepted the punishment as if I was the one who messed up so that I could save her from the consequences. And I would totally do this for her because she's my favorite.
I'm sure you already know where I'm going with this but laying quietly in the dark last night I knew that The Lord was reminding me how deep his love is for me, that when he died on the cross he had done nothing wrong but took the punishment for me because I'm his favorite; and he feels the same way about YOU. We're the one in the drivers seat with our pedals pushed to the floor but not only did he take on our fine, he died. It's so hard to grasp that kind of love because we know how undeserving we are. I guess that is why legalism has been such a successful tactic of the enemy, he knows that in our minds we need some way to be able to accept the fact the Christ would love us.
Lately I've been reading Galatians over and over again waiting for the reality of the freedom I have in Christ to sink in so that I can be completely set free from the bondage of rules. I don't want religion, I WANT JESUS!
It's funny how such a simple dream has brought new understanding to me of what Christ has done for me. I love my sister so much and would not hesitate to stand in the way of her and her punishment if it meant I would save her, it's a no brainer and that doesn't even touch the surface of Christ's love for you or I.
I feel so blessed this morning, don't you?
For my part, I am gong to boast about nothing but the Cross of our Master, Jesus Christ. Because of that cross, I have been crucified in relation to the world, SET FREE from the stifling atmosphere of pleasing others and fitting into the little patterns that they dictate. Can't you see the central issue in all this? It's not what you and I do- submit to circumcision, reject circumcision. It's what GOD is doing, and he's creating something totally new, A FREE LIFE!
And He TOTALLY did this for you because you're his favorite!