For many years, this week [Holy week] had always been a bit somber, serious and sweet at
the same time. It was a time of deeper reflection for sure. She smiled as she turned the
page to begin the next chapter of her current study, “Pursuing More of Jesus” by Anne
Graham Lotz: “More of His death in my life.” She knew without a doubt He was calling her to
go deeper in her healing and in her faith.
Thanks for joining us for Wednesday’s Word with Kim-Evinda and Trench Classes United.
Have you ever wondered what it means to be “crucified with Christ”? Today’s word is good
for every day of the week, every week of the year.
Years ago, she had come to an understanding of what it meant to be crucified with Christ.
But still, she wondered, why did He have to endure such torture? And while eternity is the
simple answer, it was something hard to grasp during pressures, problems, and pain she
had endured in this season.
She nodded her head in silent agreement at Anne’s words: “The pressures, problems and
pain had been the nails that pinned me to the cross.” And because of what Christ already
accomplished in His suffering, no pain, pressure, or problem would ever be wasted. Why?
Because death of self, areas of life that need to die, bring blessings.
As she reflected on the pressure, problems, and pain of the last three years due to an
unexpected divorce, she was able to see how His sovereignty had produced so many
blessings out of her dying to self, albeit a slow and painful death. Yes, she had to die to the
desire of revenge, die to the right to understand the why of it all, die to unforgiveness, die to
resorting to old habits and coping mechanisms…she smiled as she realized she could keep
adding to the list of deaths. But with every death had come new blessings, namely a deeper
understanding of His love for her, the understanding that the betrayal, rejection and
abandonment had gone through Him first, and because it had to go through Him first, and
had already been paid for, she was able to surrender each one of these things that had
needed to die in her and experience the truth that NOTHING HAD BEEN WASTED.
That’s the beauty of living a crucified life: knowing that He works all things for His glory and
my good as I await to join Him in eternity where there will be no more betrayal, rejection, or
abandonment, no more addictions, body memories, pain and sorrow…just pure blessing
and celebration of a job well done here while waiting.
Friend, can I encourage you to think of what needs to die in you, to be crucified with Christ?
Is it your reputation, your own dreams and desires, or is t an attitude or action that you keep
holding on to, refuting Christ in you? He’s waiting for your willingness to surrender it and in
exchange, He has a blessing just for you.