Sunday 24 April 2011
Well, for a long time now I've had writers block on the blog front and I'm guessing that is because my mind has been quite cluttered. In a sermon some weeks ago, the theme was about being rooted in God's love (Ephesians 3:14-19) and that some of us could be like a christmas tree: pretty on the outside but no roots or like a tree that is ready to be taken from the pot and planted in good soil or like a tree planted in bad soil that isn't growing well. I quickly discovered with every tear that dropped that God wanted to do some things in me so that I could be rooted in His love and ready to face whatever conditions to be thrown at me. I was rooted in the wrong things and my past was pulling the strings as if I were a puppet. That is no way to live, Jesus died and rose so that I could live life to it's fullest. I'll tell you a key thing, ignoring the hard topics of your life doesn't work. Remember, you don't have to do it alone; that's why God made us to be in relationship with others. God provided me with amazing people to go through the process with. If you want to be rooted in God's love you need to get uprooted from any nasty stuff first which means acknowledging it. So I did and it was the best decision I could have made. God is bigger than any circumstance or emotion. Once I acknowledged that I needed to be uprooted from the unhealthy, unsettling soil; God revealed more to me including the next steps that I needed to take. I took those steps and I let go. Such a weight has been lifted. A new hope has been given to me. Freedom. So while Christians all over the world have been reminding themselves of what Jesus' act of the cross means; that He saved us, I can encourage you all by saying that not only does the cross mean that we were saved from death but Jesus won our freedom for now. Thankyou my Jesus, my saviour! To finish I just wanna ask you: what are your roots in? did you sweep anything under the carpet? are you living out Jesus' gift of the cross?