This picture is my homepage…

webpage pictureEach morning as I begin the day, like most of us, I open my browser.  I read different devotionals and blogs as part of my quiet time in the mornings with the Lord.  But before I get to any of these spiritual writings, I see this image.  The hand of a Roman soldier holding the nail, pressing it into the wrist of Christ just before being hammered through.  Does it seem odd?  I don’t know.  Perhaps to some people it might.  But I know myself and how the busy schedule and long tasks to do can begin to fill my brain and before I know it, unintentionally, the presence of Christ in my life is not as prominent as it should be for the day.  It seems strange that though my whole occupation revolves around the person and Gospel of Jesus Christ, yet I am still way too capable of going through the motions if I don’t stop myself and remember.  Anyone else ever get so busy we let Christ slip from our mind?

I never want to forget what He did for me on Calvary’s cross.  I want to be thankful for the blessings afforded me by His death.  I want to resist the Devil and temptation so as not to diminish the meaning of His suffering.  He took my place and made me an heir with Him that I might receive all that the Lord desires to give.  Is there any more important thought than this?  Is there anything more worthwhile or life-transforming than this one thought?  I don’t think so. Yet I know without this reminder, the pace and flow of life will move my mind into a different mode of completing one task after another.  So, I have made this picture my homepage.  I have also made this picture my new tab page so that every time I open a new tab in my browser, I am reminded of His sacrifice for me.  I change the picture from time to time keeping the same theme so that I do not become numb to its meaning.  The truth is that without help, I will not stop the madness.  I confess.  I need help keeping my heart set on Him.  May His death be ever-present on our mind that our awareness of His love for us never fade.  Lord, help us to never forget.

Pastor Lee is the Lead Pastor at CrossRoads Community Church in San Antonio, Texas. His message focuses on the healing power of Scripture through the power of the Holy Spirit. He is the Father of three awesome sons and he is madly in love with his wife, Amy. And his favorite past time is losing golf balls in the rough while attempting to play a round of golf.

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