April 14, 2011 Devotion Sharing

Submitted by Kevin Lai, Gracepoint Hsinchu

In what ways do Christians today “weep and mourn” “while the world rejoices?” In many ways, Christians today “weep and mourn” while the world “rejoices.” On one hand, the world rejoicing includes more extreme ways in which people revel in sin or flaunt their sins, thinking that what they’re doing is okay and has no consequences. They don’t have God in their lives and they think they are living free, care-free lives, with no restraints. People take delight in things of this world or quick pleasures or materialistic things. People also take pride in worldly successes and accomplishments. However, these things don’t last and take people farther away from God. As Christians, we are called to see the reality of life, that sin is real, that life is short, and mourn for the state of the world and have a burden for people. Many times, I don’t like to see the negative side of things, but when I look at my own life, I see how the quick thrills of life and how my sins have damaged me and my relationship with God and others. Many times, I don’t want to deal with my sins, or relational conflicts, and just want to move on and not think about it. However, as a Christian, I am called to deal with my sins and sins of others and not gloss over them. Seeing my sins should give me a sense of urgency and desperateness to turn to God. Having a burden for others should cause me to weep and grieve for the world, and really desire for people to be reconciled to God.

How will our grief “turn to joy?”  How is this joy unlike the world’s joy? Our grief will turn to joy when we fix our eyes on the cross of Christ, on which He died for and forgave us of our sins. This joy is
unlike the world’s joy because it is eternal, not based on circumstances, emotions, but based on Truth and who God is. This joy is not based on ourselves, which we are so fickle, but is based on God’s unconditional love and unchanging character. As I prepare myself for Passion Week, I am called to confront my sins and reflect over who I am. Especially on Good Friday, as I remember the death of Christ, I need to internalize this and let the impact of my sin sink in. Unless I mourn over my sins, I can not be fully reconciled to God nor fully appreciate the meaning of the cross. Although seeing my sin can be painful, on the flipside, there is this Easter day, on which Christ resurrected and conquered sin and death. That is the greatest day in
history, the most joyful day in history. Then my grief will turn into joy, a joy that I want to share with others in the world.

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