You’re Not Normal
by: Michael Woods | May 27, 2018
If you know Jesus as you’re Lord and Savior you’re not normal.
Some people might look at you and think you’re normal (or maybe not!). But as a followers of Jesus Christ we’re not normal. We’re not regular persons.
We are people of the resurrection.
We are not living for what we can see right now. If we’re living for what we can see right now, then we’re in trouble, but we’re not.
“For we live by faith, not by sight.” 2Cor.5:7
Walking by faith requires that you cling to the truths that God has planted in your heart. Walking by faith and not by sight requires that you live for a place that you’ve yet to see.
We’re living for what we cannot see with our eyes at the moment, but one day you and I will be free. There will be no more sin, there will be no more shame, no more tears, no more sorrow, no more cancer, no more death. All of that will be gone.
I love in Hebrews where the writer to the Hebrews talks about fixing our eyes on Jesus.
Hebrews 12:2 ” …looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”
I’m just wondering, what’s the cross that you’re bearing at the moment?
You know, it’s interesting, if you look at that little word “endured” in the original Greek text, it means, “to stay in a place longer than expected.”
Maybe that’s where you’re living right now….a place longer than expected. You’ve been carrying this cross way, way longer than you thought you would have to.
“Despising the shame.” When you unpack that in the original Greek text it it means “to pay little attention to.”
It doesn’t mean that Christ ignored the shame because there was not a more shameful death for a Jewish person than to be nailed to a cross. You know, Deuteronomy says, “cursed is he who hangs on a tree.”
But Christ did that for you and me. He paid little attention to the shame because he fixed his eyes on the joy that was set before him.
We are all running in this race of life and we all need to keep our eyes on the finish line, so “let us run with endurance the race that is set before, fixing our eyes on Jesus.”
Jesus has sat down in victory at His finish line and He is bidding us to keep our eyes “fixed” upon Him and the hope that we have as people of the resurrection as we run our race.
Thank You, Jesus, for Your death and Your resurrection, Your birth and Your return, Your assurance that ultimately all is well and all will be well. We remember, we celebrate, we wait for the someday when every tear will be wiped away. We are the resurrection people. We have hope. We choose joy. Amen.