I have really enjoyed doing inductive Bible studies using a service called “Mama’s Refill.” It was started by the mom, Pam Forster, who has done many inductive Bible study books and sells them on her family’s website, Doorposts.
This month, I have been studying Psalm 22 which is a prophetic psalm on the death of Christ. I thought it would be great to meditate and study this psalm to prepare my heart for Easter.
As always, the study has been a great blessing. I have learned a lot; but more than just head knowledge, my heart has been overwhelmed by what Christ has done for me.
The major take-away of studying this psalm for me has been a renewed amazement at what Christ did so that we could be saved.
He bore reproach and mocking, excruciating pain, intense sorrow, rejection, and death. If all Christ did for us was die on the cross, that would be enough to be eternally grateful. Since we have received His gift of eternal life, we should wish for nothing more. Even if we lived in poverty and had only terrible and painful circumstances happen to us, we should be thankful for our salvation and our home that awaits in Heaven.
Yet, eternal life is not all that He has given us!
- He has supplied all our needs.
- He has become our friend.
- He has given us many comforts.
- Many of us have good health.
- We have His Word.
- We can go to church and worship God freely.
- We have commentaries and devices that help us learn God’s Word and godly music we can listen to.
- Friends encourage our hearts.
- Many have money in their bank accounts, cars to drive, and a roof over their head.
- And the list can go on and on!
Yet with all of these wonderful gifts PLUS the most amazing gift — eternal life, we still find ourselves complaing. To want what we don’t have. To wonder why God is allowing us to go through difficulties. To get mad when we don’t get our way. To blame God when things go wrong.
We forget that not only did He endure the cross, but he also endured many other reproaches we never have had to endure:
- He took upon Himself the form of a servant.
But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: Philippians 2:7
- He left the glories of Heaven to be born in a cave where animals were kept.
For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich. 2 Corinthians 8:9
- His appearance was marred more than any other man’s.
As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men: Isaiah 52:14
- He was reproached as a bad man and as a blasphemer.
Then the high priest tore his clothes, saying, “He has spoken blasphemy! What further need do we have of witnesses? Look, now you have heard His blasphemy! Matthew 26:65
- He was accused of breaking the sabbath.
And certain of the Pharisees said unto them, Why do ye that which is not lawful to do on the sabbath days? Luke 6:2
- He was accused of being a wine-bibber, being friends with evil companions.
The Son of man is come eating and drinking; and ye say, Behold a gluttonous man, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners! Luke 7:34
- He was called a liar.
The Pharisees therefore said unto him, Thou bearest record of thyself; thy record is not true. John 8:13
- He was accused of being an enemy to Caesar.
And from thenceforth Pilate sought to release him: but the Jews cried out, saying, If thou let this man go, thou art not Caesar’s friend: whosoever maketh himself a king speaketh against Caesar. John 19:12
- He was accused of being given power by Satan.
Now when the Pharisees heard it they said, “This fellow does not cast out demons except by Beelzebub, the ruler of the demons.” Matthew 12:24
- He was despised of the people.
And the Pharisees also, who were covetous, heard all these things: and they derided him. Luke 16:14
- He came from a country that did not have a good reputation.
And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? John 1:46
- His earthly father was a carpenter or a construction worker.
Is not this the carpenter’s son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas? Matthew 13:55
- Those that saw him hanging on the cross laughed him to scorn.
And the soldiers also mocked him, coming to him, and offering him vinegar, And saying, If thou be the king of the Jews, save thyself. Luke 23:36-37
Just as His tormentors despised Him, considering Him unworthy of their consideration or respect, Jesus despised the shame He was suffering. He thought little of it, compared to the eternal glory that awaited Him. He suffered horrible anguish, beyond anything we could ever imagine. He told His Father what He was experiencing, and He cried out to God for deliverance. But, “for the joy that was set before Him,” He endured the cross.Pam Forster
When we consider all of this, we can easily declare that it is our “reasonable service” to present our bodies as “a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God.” What could stop us? We will live for Him who died for us! It’s only reasonable. It is what our desire should be. It should be our daily motivation. Nothing should deter us from making His glory upheld and honored. He will be magnified. He will be adored.
We owe Him everything — but all we can give is ourselves.
Are you living for Him? He died for you. It is our reasonable service.