Friday, April 10, 2009. Today was Good Friday. Today was also Holly Johnson’s (a.k.a., Holly Faith Walker) memorial service. What a beautiful tribute to such a beautiful person. As Holly mentioned in her letter to those who attended her service, the good that people saw in Holly was her Lord. Oh indeed, she was precious, but the good, the tender, the sweet, the loving, the patient, the kind, was remarkably Jesus. It was the Lord finding expression in a yielded life. Holly wasn’t being modest or religiously sanctimonious in this confession. She knew who had changed her life and she gave Him all the glory. What an amazing testimony!
What if, like Holly, we lived a surrendered life to Jesus? She wasn’t perfect, but she learned a miraculous truth through all her struggle and hardship… She learned, by leaps and bounds, what it meant to let Christ live His life through her. I witnessed it first hand! No one in her set of circumstances (facing death at 33 and leaving a precious husband behind), and in that much pain, is able to demonstrate what Holly demonstrated without it being a miraculous outpouring of God’s grace and love. I am one of many who witnessed in Holly the sweet expression of Jesus.
Will you please stop and consider what all this means? Could it be true? Jesus Christ living in us, in such a way that He manifests His life through a yielded human life (2 Corinthians 4:7). His life is the worth and substance of Christianity lived out in this life through all those who call upon His name and receive Him. Knowing that… How could we possibly want to fiddle around with some variation of spirituality on our own? How could we be puffed up with our own religious achievement? Why would we want to strive after some level of spiritual competence apart from the Indwelling Life of Christ? It’s not about us. It never was about us. As a matter of fact, those who crucified Jesus are just representative of what we would have done if we had been there. So dear one, go and be gut honest with God about your life.
“But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them” Ephesians 2:4-7
Do you see? “…so that in the ages to come (right now) He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us IN Christ Jesus.” In Christ Jesus, through Christ Jesus… Check it out…it’s all over the place in your Bible. You’ll find it in the Gospels, in Acts, Romans, 1 & 2 Corinthians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians… It’s all there! He’s alive. He’s nearer than near. And all He wants from us is surrender (to abide in Him), for when we abide, everything else falls into place. When we abide, we cease from our striving to be holy in our own effort… And any good that comes from us is truly and profoundly Him. Then, as it should be, He gets all the glory. That’s what and Who we witnessed in Holly! Amazing! As Holly would say, “He’ll blow your mind away!” A very good thing.
O Lord, thank You for giving me the privilege of walking alongside Holly…or was it she walking alongside me? I think so. I am forever changed by Your beauty in her. Comfort her family, I pray. Will You increase their vision during this time? In Jesus name, I pray. All the glory is yours, Lord. All of it.
Further up and further in.
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