09Dec, 2012

60-Days-of-Second: Follow along as 15 bloggers journey through 4 readings each from the new book, Live Second: 365 Ways to Make Jesus First. Together they will blog through 60-Days-of-Second. Register to follow at www.iamsecond.com/blog. Get the “Live Second” book in stores December 9.

Day 24 by Micca Campbell

“Jesus conquered death that we too may find victory over its hold.” -Live Second, 35.

“Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen!” —Luke 24:5–6

The house glittered with lights and tinsel both inside and out. By now, the kids had sorted the presents into piles according to the nametags that were located a top each gift and tucked slightly under the bow. The aroma of holiday foods cooking in the kitchen made our mouths water with anticipation.

It’s tradition in our home to open the door to anyone, who wants to join us for Christmas dinner. This year, my sister her husband and their daughter who lived out of town joined us along with some of my eldest son’s teenage friends. The house was just as I liked it—filled with love and laughter.

The evening was drawing to a close and some of our guest began saying good night. Cody put on his coat and stood in the doorway between our kitchen and living room.

“Merry Christmas,” he said, waving bye with his hand high in the air. Cody had recently joined the Service and was due to report after graduation.

He fiddled with his jacket as if he was hesitating. “Are you excited about joining the Military?” I asked.

“No, mama, I wish I had never joined. The only way to get out of it is not to graduate. I think that’s what I’m going to do; not finish school,” said Cody as he shuffled his feet back and forth.

“There has to be another way.” I insisted.

“There’s not.” He reassured. “I’ve tried everything I can think of.”

Cody had been weighing the cost of joining the Military and was frightened. He knew mostly like he’d be sent to Iraq. Suddenly, to Cody, the sacrifice wasn’t worth it.

I reminded Cody of another person who made a huge sacrifice for all us of us, Jesus Christ. I went on to explain how thankful I was that He paid the cost for my spiritual freedom by dying on a cross as payment for my sin.

Cody wanted to know if Christ’s sacrifice included him, too.

“You’ve never trusted Christ as you personal Lord and Savior?” I asked?

“No, mama, I haven’t.” Cody said, shaking his head back and forth.

“Well, we can fix that right now if you like.”

My niece and I escorted Cody into a quite room where we explained about the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ. Finally, I asked,

“Cody, would you like to receive Jesus into your heart as your Lord and Savior?”

Unable to speak, he nodded his head yes and we prayed. Cody’s countenance changed right in front of our face.

Walking back into the living room, Cody announced with great excitement, “Guess what everybody? I just gave my heart and life to Jesus!”

Cheers filled the house! It was a Christmas miracle I’ll never forget.

The sacrificial death and resurrection of Christ not only provided Cody with forgiveness, but with courage to go to Iraq where he in turned offered himself a living sacrifice for the freedom of others.

Today, Cody lives back home with his family. I’m thankful to all our service men and women who continue paying the cost for our American freedom. Mostly, I am thankful to Christ for paying the price for my spiritual freedom.

I choose to live second by offering myself as a living sacrifice so that others might know the freedom that comes from trusting Christ as their Savior and Lord.

Check out Micca Campbell’s regular blog at www.miccacampbell.com

Next for the 60-Days-of-Second: Day 25- “Healing” by Kate Conner