Today is Easter. Today is also my 33rd birthday. I am now the same age Jesus was when He went to the cross and laid His life down so that I could have life in Him. He arose on the third day and we remember that day as Easter Sunday.
For me today is a special day. I have been saved since I was 9 years old. I have lived over the years to know Jesus more and more. Over the last several years I have begun to understand that being saved is not about religion. (Saying the sinner’s prayer, confessing to others my sins, and living a life to please others) This is how I have viewed my Christian walk for many years.
Being saved and living as Christ intended us to live is more than that.
He died so that we could live. He has clothed us with righteousness. He has taken the punishment that we so deserve. He didn’t deserve to be beaten, bruised, striped, and humiliated. He didn’t deserve to die in my place. He loved us though. He loved me. He wanted to see my relationship with the Father restored. After He willingly laid down His life so that I could live He arose on the 3rd day.
Now I have a choice in my own life to die to self, so I can live for Christ. To me now is the time. Today is my Day. I know who my savior and friend is. I know that Jesus is now my big brother, God is my Daddy, and the Holy Spirit is my teacher, friend, and comforter. I get to know them intimately like I never knew was even possible, because Jesus laid His life down.
Today on my 33rd birthday. I choose to lay my life down. I choose to die to self. I choose to be raised in Christ. I choose to have a relationship like no other with my Heavenly Father and Big Brother. I choose to sell out to a life that is no longer mine. I am a child of God.
Fear will not rule in my life. Sin is now defeated. The enemy can’t stop what I have been created and called to be. For He, knew me even before I was knit in my mother’s womb. I have been destined for great things for Him.
I see that my birthday falling on Easter Sunday is special, I now surrender everything I am as a person, mother, wife, daughter, and sister to Christ. I surrender my personal goals, dreams, ideas, and self-thoughts to now seek and live solely as Christ leads me to.
Total Surrender! Happy Birthday to Me! He is Risen!