But now in Christ Jesus, you who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For He is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of partition between us. He has abolished in His flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in Himself of two, one new man, so making peace. And that He might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby. He came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. For through Him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.
Now therefore you are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God, and are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets; Jesus Christ Himself being the chief corner stone. In Him, all the building fitly framed together grows unto a holy temple in the Lord, and in Him you also are built together for a habitation of God through the Spirit. Ephesian 2:13-22
Let the passage you just read sink in. Those words display a gift, but only those with eyes to see, ears to hear, and a heart to believe will ever receive that gift in full; a Heavenly habitation in Christ. Jesus gave Himself to make us new, to give us life. What an awesome gift that is! Life. So often, we take life for granted, thinking of the burdens rather than the blessings. But Jesus took the greatest burden upon Himself, and yet He did not utter one cross word… Instead, He bore the cross patiently, knowing that His death, and His resurrection, would bring life to you, me, and anyone who would call upon His name.
It is true that Jesus told us to take up our cross and follow Him, but at the end the road, we will lay our crosses down. We will not have to hang upon that cross, having nails driven through our hands and feet. No, that cross will stay where it was left, never to burden another soul and unable to destroy even the soul who carried it there. You see, Jesus was laid upon that cross, so that we could be with Him in paradise.
A choice is laid before you today. Either you take up your cross and give your burdens to the Lord, or abandon your cross and drown in the burdens and sins that you were never meant to bear. Always, you will carry a cross, but will you carry it to Calvary, where your Savior takes the punishment? Or will you carry it to the grave? God has a greater plan for you than you may be willing to fathom. For who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been His counsellor? Or who has first given to Him, and it shall be repaid unto Him again? For of Him, and through Him, and to Him, are all things; to Whom be glory for ever. Amen. (Romans 11:34-35)
You may think that you are beyond the reach of God, that you have fallen too far, or that you don’t even need Him. But He is the One Who gives you life even now, and sustains you. His mercy and love is shown through the very words on this page. Here is your chance to turn from sin, run to the cross, and find hope, love, and a home in the arms of Jesus. He paid such a heavy price for you. He died for you. And all He asks is that you believe on His name and live for Him. By His grace, you can be saved and made holy, righteous, and set apart. But apart from Jesus, any good thing you do is filthy rags. You cannot earn Heaven, you can only be made holy for Heaven by being washed in the blood of Jesus Christ, the Lamb.
I am saved. I am a daughter of the King. I know that Jesus has a place prepared for me. But by no means have I earned this assurance; I have simply believed and Jesus has counted it to me as righteousness; His blood being the witness and testament to my salvation. I pray that you, too, will gain that blessed assurance and walk with me on the narrow way. Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few. (Matthew 7:13-14)