Day Three: Vertical Axis

2 Corinthians 5:14-15 (NIV) – For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.

Christ’s love is the compelling power, the motivation, the engine that makes our Christian lives tick. The Greek word used for “compel” is also translated as “seized” or “controlled”. God demonstrated his love for us through Jesus’ death on the cross. When we believed in him, trusting Jesus with our life, we also participated in Jesus’ death. This means that God gave us a new life with a new mission: we no longer live for ourselves but for him who died for us. The cross enables us to see ourselves – and God’s love for us – with supernatural clarity. When this is how we see ourselves and see God, Christ’s love becomes the compelling force in our lives, replacing fear, anxiety, doubt, insecurity, anger, bitterness, greed, and all other ways that used to motivate us.

Today, let’s see clearly, allowing God’s word to purify our hearts and minds, until Christ’s love begins to seize our hearts – compelling us upward to worship the Lord, and outward with his love. As we reflect on 2 Corinthians 5:14-15, let’s close in celebration in thanksgiving and worship, singing “Your Cross Changes Everything”. (Click here).

– NB