As I think about today and approach this Easter weekend, I am reminded of what God has done for us. It practically brings tears to my eyes thinking about the suffering that Christ endured for my sake, for your sake, for my friends' sake, for my enemies' sake. Jesus Christ became human. Not so he could walk the earth to prove he was better than us, he became human to be with us and to BE human. He went through trials, tribulations and temptation while he was here on this earth - but got through them all! He was without sin when he died on the cross. He took the burden of my sin because he loves me that much. It makes me speechless.
It says Jesus Christ was only 33 when he died on the cross - think about that?! 33. That seems SO young, especially in Bible times. Think about your age compared to Jesus' age when he died on the cross, doesn't that make you stop and think...
The Bible states in Matthew, Mark and Luke that it is good to be childlike in your faith. I often question whether people want to hear my story or my opinion simply because I haven't physically lived that long. I see people with so much wisdom in this world but along with a lot of that wisdom came suffering. However, just humor me and take a look at 2 Timothy 3:14 which states, "But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus."
I don't know about you, but I did not see one word about being old as a prerequisite for wisdom in that verse. Actually, all I saw was something that mentioned the knowledge we have had since infancy. And another thing, I do know what I have learned and I know what I am convinced of because as the verse says, I know those who have taught it to me. While I may not have gone through many hard trials, yet, I know that the people who teach me and give me this wisdom have learned from their trials. There is a lot to be said about that.
This month God has said to me so many times, "Dana, age is NOT a disadvantage to your spiritual walk. Keep faith like a child and see what I can and will do. I don't promise its going to be easy but I PROMISE I will be right there with you all the days of your life."
As a final thought, the woman that I have been staying with this week brought up a life changing point. She said that she physically grew up in Augusta but she spiritually grew up in a different part of Georgia. Think about that in terms of your life - where have you spiritually grown up? What is your spiritual age?
Now think about this in terms of Jesus' walk. Not only was he God's son but God chose to have him spiritually grow up on earth, among us. HOW POWERFUL IS THAT?!
Today, I pray that all of you are reminded of your importance in God's plan. Regardless of your age, I pray that you know that God is using you in mighty and powerful ways to reach those around you. God bless and Happy Good Friday!!