The other morning, while listening to worship music as I prepared for the day, I was struck by all of the songs about the promises of God. We’re standing on his promises, his promises are true, and we’re building our lives upon his promises, to name just a few. The onslaught of lyrics about God’s promises led me to ask two questions:
What are the promises of God?
What am I building my life upon?
When you have a moment, I encourage you to ask yourself these questions and really think deeply about your answers, you might be surprised by what you find.
While considering my answers to these questions, I went through a mental list of God’s promises: “I will never leave you or forsake you,” “I love you,” and “I have called you by name,” to list just a few. There are so many incredible promises that God has made to us —we really do serve an amazing God!
As I was thinking and praying, I landed on one promise that I think is often overlooked but is a vital part of the Christian life.
“It is finished.”
I think most of the time I don’t give this particular promise the attention I should. I get caught up in my day to day life, and I forget the power of this promise and everything it means for me today.
Sin? “It is finished.”
Shame? “It is finished.”
Death? “It is finished.”
On the cross, Jesus promised that he took the price and penalty for our sins and gave us his perfect record instead. We don’t have to earn God’s love, favor, or relationship, we have it in Jesus. It is finished. There’s nothing we have to add to his work because it was complete, thorough, and more than enough.
What promises are you standing on?
How does meditating on “it is finished” change how you go about your day?
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