“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”

– 1 Corinthians 1:18

Some days, I just marvel at the power of the cross. In fact, I think it benefits us to take time often to remember the wonder of what Jesus did and continues to do through the shedding of His blood on our behalf. Though His work was finished over 2,000 years ago, the amazing thing about the cross is that it continues to work in us every day. Even more than forgiveness of sin and eternal life, His sacrifice reminds us of our value in God’s eyes — that He sees us through the lens of His perfect and beloved Son, Jesus. That means that when He looks at us, He is overwhelmed with fatherly affection — He is cheering us on and urging us to become more and more like Him. And yes, He wants us to grow and improve, but we never have to worry about not being enough. The Holy Spirit is the ultimate Encourager, and as we face trials and all-too-frequent challenges, we can do so with the knowledge that He purchased an endless supply of grace, patience, and goodness when He suffered, died, and came to life again. There is always enough of His power to push us closer to our divine destiny, and we can come before His throne with confidence, knowing that He will lavish us there with the many blessings of abundant life. 

My friend, whatever you’re facing today, Jesus wants to help you! When you placed your trust in the power of His cross and received His radical redemption, He gave you a gift that keeps on giving. Every time you “fall short” of your own expectations or disappoint those around you, He welcomes you to His throne, where He envelops you in unconditional love and empowers you with perfect acceptance. There, in His care and keeping, you can cease striving and rest until you are certain that you are more than enough. Your Savior did the work, and He offers you unlimited grace and strength so you can finish yours. Humble yourself to receive His help, and He will shower you in His favor and supply all your needs through His never-ending sufficiency. 


Jesus, thank you for the cross. May I live every day in the power of its wonder that welcomes me into your presence, just as I am.


Why are you thankful for the cross?


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