do our lives point to the cross, or something else?

this sunday is easter, & it’s easy to talk about & prompt people to live in such a way that our lives reflect the cross of Christ.  easy because this is the one day that churches all over will point to the cross with greater intention & purpose.  and the rest of the year there can be a temptation to focus on other things throughout the year…things that are good & necessary for our lives, but they’re not the cross.

the question that ought to plague our mind this year is do we live out this cross-focus on a daily basis?

do our lives, in the way we live, give to the poor, participate in church, do our jobs, live, breathe & have our  being?  i want to make sure that all i do can, somehow, reflect the cross of Christ.

am i sacrificing, on a daily basis my wants/needs/desires/hopes/dreams/plans for the things that Christ wants through this life He has given?

the answer, many times, is NO!  i’m not living that way.  so my world ends up getting smaller & more confined; because it’s about me.  i can get so consumed with

my stuff, my pleasure, my acquisitions, my vacations, my…

and in this life, i become convinced, is about me.  and we forget that Jesus lived a life that  is just the opposite.

francis chan has a great quote, ” we are glad that Jesus went to the cross, suffered for us, died for our sins .  but we would never consider doing that.  we want to have as much fun while we’re here.  we think He’s a great man, just not a good role model.”

we acknowledge that what Jesus did was necessary & we’re grateful for it.  but we are not willing to admit that Jesus actually calls us to live that kind of life too.  in order to do that, make that kind of sacrifice, we have to be reminded of the cross daily. otherwise, that kind of living just doesn’t sound all that great.  “give up everything i have for someone else? i don’t think so.”

so be aware of the cross, turn to it often, run to it daily, allow it to affect your life.  don’t let it just be a piece of jewelry!