Thursday, February 22
“Therefore, if you have been raised with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Keep thinking about things above, not things on the earth, for you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.”
Isaac Watts wrote five verses in the beloved hymn, “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross.” The verse which is omitted in most hymnals boldly proclaims…
“His dying crimson, like a robe, spreads o’er his body on the tree,
Then I am dead to all the globe, and all the globe is dead to me.”
There is something fearless in a person who has died to self and been raised again in Christ. The recent edition of the magazine “Voice of the Martyrs” has an article about a woman named Rebekah, who lives in Nigeria. In 2014, her husband and son were killed in an attack by Boko Haram militants on her home and church. One of the few possessions left for her is the charred remains of the Bible, which was presented to her on her wedding day. She says, “Each time I open my Bible during my studies, it reminds me of God’s faithfulness. Seeing the ashes of some pages I could no longer read makes God’s Word more alive in my heart.”
Rebekah rests in the assurance that Death does not have the victory. You can’t kill someone who has already died in Christ! Rather, by focusing her mind on things above, she lives in the assurance of God’s faithfulness, and His Word lives in her heart.
Heavenly Father, today I willingly take up my cross again. I pour contempt on all my pride and surrender my will to Yours. Set my mind to see as You see and my heart to love what You love. May I know the joy of giving all for Christ, who gave all for me.
- Pastor Raymond