This is part of a quick spiritual health check I have been working through as part of my own daily devotional time. It’s encouraged me and I wanted to share it with you.
Am I grateful for the cross?
Not: Do I understand the cross?
Not: Do I tell others about the cross?
The question is, am I grateful for the cross?
Paul writes in 1 Timothy 1:15 that Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners. Am I grateful that I am one of those sinners he came to save?
We cannot appreciate the cross until we really know that we are sinners. If you take a minute to reflect on those moments you are glad your nearest and dearest didn’t see… those thoughts you are glad you didn’t speak aloud… those hurtful words you can’t grab back… These are not the slip-ups of a basically decent person who deserves praise; they are a signs of a sinner who deserves judgement.
If that makes you feel sad, then it is also a sign that the Holy Spirit is at work in you, convicting you of sin.
But that wretchedness is actually a sign of spiritual health. It is a sign that you know you need Jesus. Only the humble and broken will be justified and exalted (Luke 18:14). Feeling rubbish about sin in your life is not a sign you are spiritually decaying; it is a sign of health, that you are grateful for his sacrifice. You are grateful for the cross.
Thank him today.