Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood.- Act 20:28
Dear God, Your Church is a group of broken people. We often badly represent You. We sometimes misrepresent You. We frequently are disobedient to Your clear commands. We fight among ourselves. We get off mission so easily. Change seems to come so slow to us. We can be worldly, we can act unholy and we can be downright stupid. Lord Jesus, thank You that we are not our church BUT Your Church. We are Your Church because we are purchased by Your blood. You didn’t pay so great a price to leave us as we are. You are in the process of making us blameless and spotless and like Youself. Your are invested in us at the highest level. You bought us and we are Yours…forever.
for by Your blood.
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. – Galatians 2:20
Lord I was crucified with You. But I didn’t feel the whip upon Your back. I didnt wince when the crown of thornes was placed upon Your head, I didn’t scream in agony when the nails were driven through Your hands and feet. My breath was not taken away when Your cross was dropped in the ground. I wasn’t stared upon in shame as You hung there between heaven and earth. I never felt the pangs of thirst or the excrutiating pains of suffication. I didn’t shed one drop of redemptive blood. I never felt the blackness of our Father turning away and I never felt the need to cry out My God, My God why has Thou forsaken me. But I was crucified with You. I felt nothing because You bore all the physical, emotional and spiritual consequences of sin. Not Your sin, my sin. What you have done for me is overwhelming. Thank You that I can say “I was crucified with Christ.”