It is Finished
When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
—John 19:30 (NIV)
Finished. Completed. It is done, and there is nothing more to do. But how many Christians live trying to do enough so Jesus will love them? Are you one of them? Do you believe in Jesus’ grace, and then live as if you haven’t received it? What else must He do to convince you how much He loves you? When will you understand that you do not need to earn His love? His love was—is still—and will always be freely given. Sin was destroyed at Calvary. Fear was defeated. Bitterness was demolished. The disciples hid in fear after Jesus’ crucifixion. Resurrection had brought new life, but fear claimed them. Then the Holy Spirit descended at Pentecost. Power filled them to rise above fear and bitterness and sin. Power came because Jesus made the final payment and canceled their debt.
If you know Him, there is no more debt. There is no more defeat! He wants you to grow spiritually—not out of a sense of obligation—but because you love Him. Grace creates grace. You “do” for Him because He has “done” for you. You forgive with His grace. You walk in His love. His power is available to rise up just as the disciples rose up. They rose in His strength, and not their own. You, also, can rise in His strength, and not your own.
Never “do” to please Him. Let the work He finished at Calvary be finished in you. Receive His power to “do” for Him because of what He has “done” for you. Live in the joy of His Resurrection! He did not leave you in the grave! Walk in the freedom He has claimed for you! Let go of living to please the law, and grab the hem of His garment. Be filled with Him—the Holy Spirit. You will no longer just do. You will reach beyond the limits of what you have been, and become all He has destined for you.
© 2018 Lynn Lacher