“…But be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
When you step out and make a decision to live your life in the shadow of the cross, radical changes take place. You see, the cross is a symbol of so much – salvation, redemption, love, and VICTORY. When you live your life in the shadow of the cross, you view everything differently. Your desires change. Suddenly things that once occupied a prominent place in your life, are replaced with HIM. He is all consuming. He is beautiful. He is victorious.
When you live in the shadow of the cross, old things pass away, and all things become new. You delight in ministering. You delight in meeting the needs of others over your own. You delight in HIM, because He, He delights in you. He goes before you, He changes, He replaces, He fills, He redeems.
For so much of my life, I missed these truths. I thought my salvation was more about me. I had to be good, so I could maintain my good standing with God. I had to serve, because that is what He required. I missed the point. It had nothing to do with me. It never did. It has everything to do with Him. He has already overcome the world. He has overcome all of my sins. Through no actions of my own, but because of His Son, I am righteous. His death covered my life.
When you live in the shadow of the cross, you do not listen to what is most reasonable, what makes the most sense, you listen to HIS voice. The voice of He Who did not count the cost. Not ever. He asks you to step out with Him and not count the cost, but you are not alone. He is there with you. Your hand held by His. His scars covering you.
Jim Elliot, a man who lived his life in the shadow of the cross, penned these words, “Wherever you are, be all there! Live to the hilt every situation you believe to be the will of God.” I want to start living each day to the hilt. If He’s leading, I’m following. I lay aside my crippling fears, my doubts, my failures, my insecurities, and I step into the shadow. The shadow of the cross, the shadow of victory.
As I was pondering these deep thoughts, my son noticed the shadow his beloved rocking horse was casting upon the wall. “Look, Mommy, it’s the shadow of the cross.” Amen. May it be so over every part of our life.