Spiritual Warfare Day 7: Our Great Redeemer (Sunday Selah)
In an atmosphere of continual conflict, the most unhelpful thing believers can do is focus on our own efforts to the neglect of the gospel. As Robert Murray McCheyne once wrote, “For every look at yourself, take ten looks at Christ.” We must devote our hearts, minds, and souls to knowing and loving our Redeemer.
When we anxiously await union with the One who died for us, temporary struggles lose some of their weight. When we see all that the Lord Jesus was willing to endure on the cross in order to save us, we too are empowered to endure suffering for His sake.
This Lord’s Day, let us take the time to thank God for giving us His Son, for calling us out from darkness and bringing us into His marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9), for securing our redemption and everlasting rest (Hebrews 9:12), and for defeating our enemies once and for all so that we can be eternally safe under the reign of a King who loves us. Let our aim be to “know nothing…except Christ and Him crucified” (1 Corinthians 2:2) and to “walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work” (Colossians 1:10).
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works. (Titus 2:11-14, ESV)