Holy Week, Tuesday

A cry of freedom only Easter brings:

BXP157711“We are not our own: let not our reason nor our will, therefore, sway our plans and deeds. We are not our own: lets us therefore not set it as our goal to seek what is expedient for us according our flesh. We are not our own: in so far as we can, let us therefore forget ourselves and all that is ours. Conversely, we are God’s: let us therefore live for him and die for him. We are God’s: let his wisdom and will therefore rule all our actions. We are Gods: let all the parts of our life accordingly strive toward him as our only lawful goal.”

John Calvin (Institues of Religion 3.7.1.)

The life offered to us through the risen Christ of Easter is not about our desires or interests, or even our rights. Life offered to us through the risen Christ of Easter is about the boundless depths of God’s love and concern for us. So it makes sense to believe that the gospel of God’s Kingdom as ushered into this present world through Easter is marked by two realities: God’s generosity (grace) and our allegiance to Him (faith). This has little to do with our claim upon ourselves and everything to do with God’s claim upon us.

Let go of your claim to life and receive His, as proven by the risen King.

About Fred

I am a follower of Jesus, the husband to Alison Glenn, daddy to my little man Ian. I am a son, brother, friend, bi-vocational pastor of Williamsburg Christian Church, ethnographer, activist and justice seeker, founder and president of 3e Restoration Inc, adjunct professor at Regent University, and mission specialist of church renewal with Mission Alive. I received my B.S. in Ministry/Bible at Amridge University and my Masters of Religious Education in Missional Leadership (MREML) from Rochester College. I am currently working toward my Doctorate of Ministry in Contextual Theology at Northern Seminary.
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