You know that feeling you get when someone buys you a present you just could never afford yourself? Like, your friend buys you a brand new Coach purse from this Spring collection that you’ve drooled over in the department store? (Gentlemen, pretend it’s a power drill.) On the one hand, you’re almost embarrassed to carry it because you know you could never have bought that, it seems almost like you’re “posing” as someone better or richer than you are by waltzing through the coffee line with that bag on your arm. However, if you don’t wear it, the friend who bought it for you would be so sad, she would think you didn’t like it, that she’s got you all wrong, or even maybe that you don’t value her friendship! Eeek, no one wants that.
What if, instead of continuing to think of it as the “one you could never afford”, you saw that purse as a representation of what a kind friend you have? And that you are a person who is worthy of love enough that she would think to get that for you? Could you then enjoy that dashing leather masterpiece with all the confidence and fun with which it was intended?
This is how I feel about what Jesus did for me sometimes. On this day, many years ago, at the young age of 33, He willingly
allowed himself to be tortured, and mocked, and crucified…so that I could wear a badge of innocence in God’s eyes. He didn’t try to haggle down the price of my life, or wait for a sale, He took the worst society could throw at Him, and never threw it back. Just thinking about it makes me feel like I have to come groveling on my knees anytime I ask God for something, because I know I didn’t pay for that badge that makes me worthy in His sight. But is that what Jesus would want? Maybe not. When I really think about it, nothing but love could have helped Him do what He did. He got absolutely nothing out of it for Himself. So this gift that He gave me in love, like a birthday gift from a best friend, I believe, is meant to be worn with confidence and joy. I need to learn to bring that attitude to everything I face in life. Jesus did not redeem me to my Creator so that I would cower in shame at the price for the rest of my life, He did it so that I could be free of shame for the rest of my life!
It’s a hard lesson to learn, but what better concept to ponder on today of all days? I hope and pray that you’re letting God in, wherever you are today. That you are claiming victory over the challenges and the emotions they bring in this life. That you are looking forward to the assurance that it is never to late to celebrate what Easter is all about. “He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed.”
Matthew 21:28 – It’s never too late, He still wants you:
28 “What do you think? There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work today in the vineyard.’
29 “‘I will not,’ he answered, but later he changed his mind and went.
30 “Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing. He answered, ‘I will, sir,’ but he did not go.
31 “Which of the two did what his father wanted?” “The first,” they answered. Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you. 32 For John came to you to show you the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectorsand the prostitutes did. And even after you saw this, you did not repent and believe him.