In church on Saturday evening, I sang these words…
Beneath the weight of all our sin
You bow to none but heavens will
No scheme of hell, no scoffer’s crown
No burden great can hold you down
In strength you reign
Forever let your church proclaim
Christ is risen from the dead
Trampling over death by death
Come awake, come awake!
Come and rise up from the grave
And the only thing I could think was that it’s all extra.
In light of the cross and His obedience and the empty tomb and the torn veil…
All the rest is like this really amazing, but unnecessary bonus.
My husband and my son. Our house. Ryan’s job. Our health and our church, family and friends and my writing career.
It’s all just extra.
Because what Christ did on that cross? That is everything.
He defeated death.
He broke the chains and offered redemption for all that is broken and lost.
People most especially.
So often we think we need, or God forgive us, deserve something more.
Like a spouse or a child or a book deal or a promotion or a certain level of comfort and prosperity.
I know this sounds cliche and all kinds of cheesy, but the only thing we really need–the one thing we certainly don’t deserve–is Him and that empty tomb.
That is life and joy and freedom.
Everything else–every good and perfect (or perfecting) gift–is simply proof of His generosity.
Oh Lord, that You would plant this truth in our hearts. May we come awake.
Let’s Talk: Do you ever fall into the trap of thinking God is holding things back from you?