Happy Friday, friends! Today I have two things to celebrate, both of which are bittersweet: (1) Good Friday (2) My Birthday
(1) Good Friday: Today is the day we remember Jesus’ crucifixion and death. While on one hand it’s sad to think that Jesus gave up His innocent life for our own wretched, sinful lives, but on the other hand, it’s also a reason to celebrate because without Him and His resurrection (Easter Sunday), I would be without hope and dead in my sins, doomed for Hell. How could I not be looking at this day as a ‘Good Friday’ and a reason to celebrate?!
(2) Today is my birthday! My 28th birthday, in fact. Ever since my 26th birthday, I’ve found it harder and harder to believe just how close I really am to the Big 3-0! So, in that regard, it is a little bittersweet! I used to think that 30 was so old, but as I ever so steadily creep closer to that milestone, I’m starting to think that 30 really isn’t that old (or is that thinking just relative to my current age?).
But, as I celebrate the fact that God has given me 28 years on this planet, I can’t help but reflect and wonder if I’ve lived these 28 years the way God intended for me to. I started thinking about this on Sunday when one of our church elders, Todd Van Voorst preached on how, we, as Christians, should be taking up our crosses and dying to ourselves DAILY so that we can live for Christ. He used the example that it is better for us to attend a funeral versus a festival. This means that it would be better for our lives to attend our own funeral and be reminded that when we die to ourselves in this life (I.e. our funeral) we are alive in Christ for an eternity (festival).
So, that got me to thinking. What does my funeral look like? Would it be a God glorifying funeral? Did I live my life everyday for Christ? Did I make a positive impact on His kingdom? This thought has started to convict me and show me areas in my life I need to change so that I can be dying to myself daily and living for Christ with all my being. I want to smell like God. I want to stick out in this world. I want to be different. I’m no ordinary person. I’m a child of God! Is my life radiating Jesus to those that don’t know Him? Am I loving people the way Christ intended? Am I using my spare time to pray and spend time with God? Am I sharing what Jesus has done in my life with others so that they too can know Him?
As I celebrate my birthday, I’m thanking God for the blessing of my health, husband, job, friends, family and most importantly, another day on this earth that I can use to glorify Him! So, as I celebrate this birthday of mine with a day off of work (Yesss!), time with one of my closest girlfriends (shopping time!) and time with family, I will push forward in an attempt to live my life for the sake of Christ like I never have before!
How are you dying to yourself and living for Christ? Are you passionately loving others as God intended? What has he convicted you of lately? Let’s press onward together and share His glory with others! Below, enjoy some birthday fun!