Have you ever been blown away by how richly Christ has blessed you? Today, as well as this whole weekend, being Memorial Day and all, I have been convicted: I am not thankful enough for the things, and people, Jesus has put in my life.
As I wrote earlier, I actually, sadly enough, had to google what Memorial Day celebrates. I knew it had something to do with the military, but I was not fully aware of how it is a day to give thanks for those who have given their lives for the United States of America.
As I thought about this idea—of thanking the men and women who died for our freedom—it made me think of all of the blessings I have received from Jesus.
It dawned on me: how often do I genuinely thank Jesus for the things He so freely and lovingly gives me? I honestly don’t do it nearly enough.
But today, I remember how Jesus has answered so many prayers. How so many desperate pleas to Him, how many cries, have been answered!
It reminds me of the whole reason for this blog— how much time has been spent praying and advocating for the Chibok schoolgirls to be freed. Our prayers to Jesus have changed things– from the Nigerian senate urging the Nigerian government to find and free Leah Sharibu and the rest of the Chibok girls1, to Jesus blessing and protecting those who have been freed already. Jesus has saved and freed hundreds and thousands of people, including 105 “Dapchi Girls” and 164 of the “Chibok girls.” The idea that even one of these girls would be freed was a pipedream, a cry and longing of my heart… and here it is, better than I could never have imagined (though there is still a lot to get done.)!
More than this, Jesus—the King of kings and Lord of lords—gave His life so that you and I could be set free by believing on Him, alone.
Not to condemn or guilt trip anyone, because there’s none of that when we are covered by the blood of Christ (Romans 8:1). But think about it… When was the last time you seriously thought about how Jesus died for you? Seriously considered that we are only covered by His blood because He willingly shed it?
This Memorial Day, I pray that those readers in the USA think on how many people have died so that they could be free… and that their hearts and souls would be turned toward Calvary, where Jesus’ blood was shed to set us free from sin and eternal separation from Himself.
May it always remind us that our freedom, legally and spiritually, was not free.
With Love, in Christ,
Do you know Jesus?
Over 2,000 years ago, Jesus Christ—fully God, and fully human—died on the cross for our sins.
What would make the God of all things die for the sins of those who hated and separated themselves from Him? Learn more about it, here.
Please pray for (get your “prayer sheet” for this blogpost, here)…
- The troops of the USA. Please pray that they would come to know Christ, and would be kept safe.
- For those who have lost their loved ones to war. May Jesus take care of them as they now try to navigate their lives without their loved ones.
- For the Chibok and Dapchi schoolgirls. May Leah Sharibu, and the remaining Chibok schoolgirls, be found and freed! Find their names and pictures, here.
Thank you for your prayers!!!
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