For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son …
Holy Week is a wonderful time to contemplate, on an even deeper level than usual, our walk through this life. As I have gotten older, it has become increasingly obvious to me that the greatest thing that we can strive for in this life is obtaining a transformed heart – one that looks like Jesus’. When this occurs, all else will fall into place. All aspects of our lives – home, work, church, and personal – will take on a Christ-like dimension. We will then begin to truly reflect the light and love of the Lord Jesus; just as we were initially created to do. Then we can become effective tools in the hands of our loving God, and we can begin to work mightily for His glory and to further His kingdom. We must, however, be extremely careful not to permit our focus to shift to mere external appearances rather than true internal change. When we start to focus mainly on outward appearance, we run the risk of falling into the trap of legalism. Therefore, let us remain truly and purposefully focused and accept the greatest gift ever offered to man – the heart and character of our risen Lord Jesus. This is not as difficult or as complex as it may at first seem. The beauty of the process lies in its simplicity. The cost has already been paid at the cross. We must only, as a conscious effort, keep our focus on permitting God to transform us from the inside out. We must yield to His love and seek to draw closer to Him as an act of our will. Remember that our problems started with the distraction of a single apple, a choice that tore us from the will of God. We can have it back. This is truly the beauty of our relationship with God. He will spare no expense to be with us and have us united with Him in spirit and character. He even sent His only Son to die on the cross for us!