Real Life Begins At The Cross
by Phil Martin
Last Sunday Phil and I attended Covenant Life Church in Gaithersburg, MD. During the worship service my heart asked an unexpected question. The lyrics were from a song called, “Death Was Arrested” by North Point InsideOut.
Our Savior displayed on a criminal cross
Darkness rejoiced as though heaven had lost
But then Jesus arose with our freedom in hand
That’s when death was arrested and my life began
“Questions about what?” you might ask? Questions about when life starts? I made a connection to some of the lies I was believing. Few months have gone by and I can recall statements such as these crossing my mind:
Life will begin when I can become a mother.
Life will begin when I reach my goal weight.
Life will begin when we go to China and finally have a home to call our own.
And I know I’m not the only one tempted to believe this message. Maybe you believe in something similar like:
Life will begin when I get engaged.
Life will begin when I get the career of my dreams.
Life will begin when I retire.
You fill in the blank.
I said it was “unexpected” because I believed what I was singing that morning. But I realized I was not living that way. I was awaken to the implications of that reality. I don’t need to wait for the things above to happen to experience life. My soul was once dead and I was given life the moment I put my faith in what Jesus Christ did on the cross. He was sent being God, left His throne, and came to earth and lived as a perfect and righteous man. Yet He died a sinner’s death so lifeless people like me could live. I was a slave, bound to my chains, and incapable of saving myself. But God, in his mercy came and had compassion on me, restored my brokenness, and gave me a new heart that desired Him. He made a path that gave me direct access to Him. He gathered me into His family where I became His daughter and He became my God. This is life. Nothing else promises such things, not even the very best things!
My prayer is not to live on pause for the “next stage” and if God graciously allows it to happen, to not depend on it to give me life.