“With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all.” Acts 4:33
“I get a prize! I get a prize!” my six-year-old delighted.
Don’t judge now, but I may have an extensive system of bribery in place to ‘encourage’ good grades in school. For every 100%, my daughters stick their paper on the fridge and choose their earned prize from the ‘prize box.’
It work like a charm until Halloween …and she could no longer sit still long enough to listen to the directions, color in the lines, or write legibly.
“Lauren,” I reprimanded, “this is unacceptable.”
I glanced over at her, sitting on the couch cradling her giant purple bowl of Halloween candy in her lap ….uh. #momfail
Poor thing just couldn’t handle all that sugar.
The apostles were jumping out of their skin to share news of the empty tomb. Imagine the carnage at the cross. Our Savior sacrificed all dignity, power, and authority to come down off that cross for a crimson covering of our sin. That would be an event worth talking about. One that would hit all the local papers and beg of eye-witness accounts, but that’s not the what the apostles couldn’t shut up about.
Like kids hopped up on WAY too much candy for their weight ratio to process, they couldn’t keep it from exploding out of them if they tried. The cross took over everything else, and became the spark that lit life’s passion …Christ.
Father, You are powerful to come to our rescue through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. Thank you for sustaining us with the energy to walk through life in faith. We confess that we crash when the sweetness of life wears off, and pray for renewed vigor in proclaiming Christ through all seasons of life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
What’s the most sugar you’ve ever eaten and how did it make you feel? Get the conversation started by commenting below, and let’s encourage one another as we face life in 2017 armed with grace!
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