Easter, Part 2b – the Resurrection

I know, I know, two posts in the same day????  I’ve had a little revelation of how God wants to bless us, to free us, to live the lives He created us to live, and it really got me excited!  🙂  

 Here goes….this little revelation all started while I was reading Stasi Eldredge’s book, “Becoming Myself,” while pondering how the resurrection is supposed to impact my life, personally.  Jesus talked frequently about the life He wants for His people.  Abundant life. No condemnation.  Set free by the truth.  Wearing His yoke, and light burden.  Newness of life.  Serving only one master (wholeheartedness?).  Equipped and able to love even our enemies well.  Forgiving without limit.  So what keeps His people from living this way?  I kept going back to “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free (John 8:32).”  I wondered how well most people know the truth…about ourselves, and about God.   Then I came across four questions in Stasi’s book that transformed my thinking.  You see, I think most of us don’t truly know our own hearts, or God’s heart, very well.  These four questions helped me to see more clearly who I truly am and who God truly is.  Want to know the questions?  Wait for it….

What would I love to do, offer, experience, and create?

What do I want to be really good at?

What do I want to be known for?

What do I want with God?  What does He want with me?

I invite you to take some time and really ponder these questions.  Take off the expectations of others when you approach these questions.  Dare to dream big.  Dare to believe God gives you GOOD desires, and because He lives in you, that there is much that is good in your heart already.  Dare to be honest.  I was stunned by the beauty God has already put in my heart, that came out as I answered these questions.  And I was blown away by what He showed me He wants with and for me.  Listen to what He showed me about His desires for me, for us, really:

I want you to know My pleasure in you!

I want you to have a heart fully alive, trusting in Me.

I want you to know Me, not just about Me.

I want you to know yourself, and love yourself.  I think you’ll celebrate yourself more, when you see yourself as I do.

I want you to be free to enjoy abundant life.

I want you to walk in the joy of My presence.

I want you to give freely and without reservation what I show you to give.

I want you to be blessed as you use your gifts to bless others.

I want you to have the courage to be beautifully vulnerable.

I want you to enjoy wholehearted relationships.

I want you to love life, and invite others to more life.

I want you to delight in Me, because you KNOW what and Whom you’re delighting in.

 

So, do you see what I see?  I see that God’s heart towards us is only good, and that He wants our trust, love, obedience so that we can experience more of His goodness, more of His true character.  The result of our knowing Him rightly?  More joy.  More freedom. More goodness.  More LIFE!  Happy sigh….

How do these questions apply to resurrection?  I believe God is inviting us to die to that part of ourselves that has been misshapen and twisted by lies, so that we are freer to live from our true selves, in His power, and with His guiding help.  I believe this is at least part of the invitation Jesus gave us when He told us to take up our crosses to follow Him.  The work of confronting lies and fears to replace them with truth is incredibly hard.  Scary.  Heavy.  But oh, so worth it!

Let’s taste and see that the Lord is good, and celebrate the goodness He has already worked in us!

 

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