Day Two: “Today you will be with Me…”

In the book, Death by Love: Letters from the Cross, Pastor Mark Driscoll shares of Thomas, who came to him enslaved by sexual sin. Thomas was not yet in Christ, and so the following counsel is given:

“During all of your foolish sin, you have been deceived into thinking that you are free to do as you please. However, the truth is that you have lived as a slave…you are helpless before your lusts. There’s nothing you can do to get free, so you just give up.  The good news is that God is more powerful than anything, including your sinful desires.  If you turn from sin and trust in Jesus, God the Holy Spirit will indwell you. As a result, you will receive a new power by which to say no to your sinful desires and yes to the holy Desires of God” (p. 63).

Luke 23:32, 39-43 (NIV) – One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at [Jesus]: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” 40 But the other criminal rebuked him… 42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” 43 Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

Here we see one man’s day to leave his life of sin and trust in Jesus. Have you had such a day? If not, may it be today. If you have called upon Him, let us remember and receive afresh this life of intimacy with our Master promised in Luke 23. Let’s worship with the song, “Belong” (click here) by Aaron Shust.

– BR