Let’s talk about a comeback story. Or two.
It’s Good Friday, which means we are spending the weekend remembering and celebrating the ultimate comeback story. Our Father in Heaven loves us so much that He sent His Son to live, serve, die and rise again for us.
Let’s get something straight right now. God didn’t do that just out of pity so we could evade Hell.
He did it because He loves us and longs for relationship with each of us for eternity. He wanted that so much that He was willing to sacrifice His Son.
Wrap your head around that. God SO LOVED the world….
I unexpectedly had a lot of free time and was blessed to study the Easter story much more in-depth this year. One of the things that stood out to me was when Jesus went to the Garden of Gethsemane right before Judas’ betrayal and the crucifixion. He went to pray and left James, John and Peter. Three times in an hour, He came back to find them sleeping.
You can imagine Jesus is a little frustrated with them.
He tells them to rise and pray so they won’t fall into temptation. Yet, they continue to fall asleep each time he leaves them.
It’s easy for you and I to look at this story and think, “Really guys? You fell asleep on Jesus?”
But guess what? You do it too. I know I have.
It’s because of Jesus’ comeback story that you and I get to have comeback stories of our own.
And unfortunately, we fall asleep on Jesus in the midst of our own stories all. the. time.
We get content in this life we are living and we forget our God-given purpose.
We settle for mediocre.
We play it safe.
We listen to the lies.
We fall to temptation because we fall asleep on Jesus.
I fall asleep on Jesus daily.
I tell myself and everyone else I’m “living the dream, dreaming the life.”
Don’t get me wrong. I love the life I get to live.
But God has so much more in store. He died on a cross and rose again, and He didn’t just do it for me to have eternal redemption. He did it so I could live out His confidence every single day.
He did it so I could inspire people to find their confidence in Jesus. Write New York Bestsellers. Speak on stages in massive arenas. Coach people out of brokenness and into freedom.
He did it so I could take the light He gave me and walk right back into the darkness. He did it so I could facilitate hundreds of thousands of other comeback stories.
But more days than not, I pass out on Him. I take the easy road. I forget to be intentional. I lose my excitement for the story He is writing through my life.
I want to encourage us to stop falling asleep on Jesus. What do you need to do to stay awake and alert for our Savior?
Maybe it’s waking up every morning and having you first cup of coffee with Jesus.
Maybe it’s spending some intentional time in worship on your ride into work, or in your prayer closet before you go to bed.
Maybe it’s developing a rhythm to turn to Jesus first and everything/everyone else later.
Maybe it’s listening and acting in obedience to a prompt from Holy Spirit.
Maybe it’s taking a step out in faith and believing God will provide for you.
I don’t know what it means for you, but I know it’s worth it.
I know I don’t want my legacy to tell the stories of the times I fell asleep on Jesus and His plans.
I know you don’t either.
This Easter, I challenge you to honor the story of the crucifixion and resurrection with a choice to do whatever it takes to stay awake for King Jesus in your own comeback story.
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