“Nevertheless, to the persecution and tyranny of his cruel ministry we will not tamely submit — appealing to Heaven for the justice of our cause, we determine to die or be free.” — Joseph Warren, 1775
In the shadow of the cross, I find so much conflict where there should only be peace on the heels of a deep humility. It is there that I come face to face with the ugly truth of my sin and the beautiful reality of God’s Grace. Conflict, however; arises as pride and lust and my own sinful humanity lurk, too, in the shadows. And each day becomes a struggle to once more pick it up and carry my cross for His sake. He paid the price and bore the pain of MY sin and shame. In return, He asks only that I carry it a little ways not to earn His love but to show the world that I am truly His. The cross no longer holds my sin. All that remains is the small sacrifice of my own self for the sake of His will and without my sin and shame, well… it has become a much lighter cross!
“The truth is, all might be free if they valued freedom, and defended it as they ought.” Samuel Adams
Can you imagine all that we could see? All that we might do? All that we might experience, if we could just come to that place of picking that thing up each day and carry it unwaveringly through the streets? In the shadow of the cross is strength. There is healing in it’s shadows. There is Grace and Hope and so much Power but it can only be found in the shadow of the cross. And we must go to where the shadows source of light has been cast from. His Spirit beckons us, revealing what we are, who He is and what He has done. But we must step into the shadows to find Light. Interesting. And we must step in continually, at every turn – in every day – even after Salvation. NOT to be saved over and over again, but to find our strength and… also to be reminded of what we need of Him AND all that we have from Him, as well. Value your freedom and defend it today, as you should. It is the thing, above all others, that we have been called to in Christ, Jesus.
Peace today. Sean G.
13 For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.