To Live and to Die (in Christ)


John Calvin to live and die for Christ

The Holy Week moves on. Good Friday is two days away. Then two more days and we celebrate Easter Resurrection. 

The focus of this Holy Week is always on Christ. Christ crucified and Christ risen again. Our focus is on the work of Christ, the sinlessness of His life, the love that made possible his sacrificial suffering and the power that raised Christ from the dead. 

We are always the "Graced Ones" or the ones who receive grace.
We are always the "acted upon." The work of Jesus is always prior.
We are always those dependent on and connected to the Source which is Father, Son and Spirit.

The message of Holy Week is that God has acted decisively, graciously, powerfully, effectively and REDEMPTIVELY to do for us what we could not and can never do for ourselves.

Nothing can take the place of THAT message.

Once that message is firmly in the heart, mind and will of the "graced one" then it immediately gives birth to the thought which John Calvin provided. To be a Christian is to be "in Christ." To be a Christian is to participate in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. Participation is the word. And it is a participation, a response and activity that is made possible only by the prior and constant grace given to us.

But nevertheless, there is a response and participation needed.

This Holy Week, keep both eyes fully on the Person and Work of Jesus, but as you have that focus, keep the awareness that the beautiful work of Jesus pulls you into participation with Him. In Him you will live, move and have your being.

.If you have the time and inclination, you may want to read Philippians 2:10-16

Brian K. Rice
Leadership ConneXtions International
BrianRice@lcileaders.org