Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Surrendering to the Empty-Tomb Centered Life

 Could it be true that I don't believe in the Resurrection of Christ even though I saw it with my own eyes?

It's me who denies the resurrection of Christ when I see death as the final! The aging body as the end.

I am slowly learning..........that only God can transform us.
It's when I stare out the window into the morning fog it is then that I reality is not about my agendas..........that is not who I am.
I will only find myself when I lose myself.
Matthew 10:39;
Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

Surrendering ourselves is the beginning of our transformation!
Inside the empty tomb looking out.

This lent season has hit me hard.............I am in the darkness of my sins.....feeling a sense that I have missed something important and how I am living my life untrue to God.
I am confronting these feelings. Repenting.......Praying......asking God to show me what I really look like on the inside.
On the outside I look like a Christian..........I go to church..........I spend time with God...........I pray.   But to surrender or recklessly abandon myself to God I haven't........I can't let go of the need to control.
I am struggling to reach the bottom of my own well, trying to get water for myself.

John 4:11;

11 “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water?

I have failed to recognize Jesus as the ALMIGHTY! I have some Christian attributes, but there is no abandonment or surrender to Jesus Christ!

It's time this lent season to ask God; "Show us...........what we really look like?"

What if we lived our lives with the tomb empty?
His Resurrection frees us........from ourselves. His empty tomb turns our eyes from the me, me , me kind of world and beckons us to keep our eyes on Him!

God is love........."AGAPE." Such love should inspire not be imprisoned by our own chains.............This type of Love couldn't be held captive in a cold tomb.....Nor do we have to be held captive by our sin, if we will truly SURRENDER our lives to living Christ!

"Christ must increase, and I must decrease." (apostle John)
The way up is down we live in an upside down kingdom!

I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. (Revelation 22:13)

all is well,

We are not converted only once in our lives but many times...and this endless series of large and small conversions, inner revolutions, leads to our transformation in Christ. (Thomas Merton)