I just came away from an intense Holy Weekend. For some, it would have been 40 days of
lent too. No matter what spiritual approach you take to life or the denomination you come from it is imperative that we examine our walk with the Lord at regular intervals.
Meditating on Jesus washing the feet of His disciples on Maundy Thursday, seven utterances on the cross and the powerful resurrection on Easter has left me overwhelmed with the love, power and greatness of His salvation. When I asked the Lord as to what my response should be, He reminded me of two important points.
One, the salvation that we take for granted was worked out by Christ at a great price. The son of God came down to empty himself, suffer every form of pain and shed His blood to die on the cross. I have been purchased at a great price. I do not belong to myself but to God; my body, soul and spirit belongto Christ. Therefore, I must glorify God in my whole being. I cannot pollute my lungs, poison my body with substance abuse or give in to gluttony. Or corrupt it with sexual immorality of pornography, sexual indulgence or adultery. All my senses must be consecrated to Him for holy living (1 Cor. 6:19,20).
Two, the great salvation that was so freely given must not be neglected. We tend to cheapen anything that comes free. When we do that, we begin to neglect it. Our neglect is seen clearly when God is not part of our discussions, desires, and decisions. Examine how you spend your time, talents, treasures? Are they prioritised for God’s kingdom? If we live a life of this world while paying lip-service to God, we are neglecting the great salvation. The author of Hebrews has a stern warning that we will not escape God’s anger if we neglect His salvation (Hebrews 2:1-4).
Let us examine if the sacrifice of God has led us to glorify Him in our body, soul, and spirit. Allow God to show us in what ways we are neglecting His salvation and work out our salvation with fear and trembling (Phil. 2:12).
Yours in Christ,
Dr. Samson Gandhi