Calvary is the place of crucifixion of our Lord Jesus Christ. The picture in our minds of Christ dying for us on Calvary brings the Christian face to face with the need for our personal humility to respond to the humility which Christ exercised there on our behalf.
When we first come to Christ, we must come in humble faith to begin our relationship with him. Unfortunately, Christians leave that place of humility, that personal Calvary, all too soon. We tend to resume our self-centered motivations which relieve us of humility.
It is in the midst of the circumstances brought about by our return to self-centered motivations that we begin to realize what has happened. The old principle that we reap what we sow, that what goes around comes around, comes back to our conscience.
Hopefully, we come also to realize that Christ is at the point of every answer to the needs we ourselves construct by our own misguided decisions. Hopefully, we go back to "Calvary."
It is at Calvary that burdens are lifted, says an old song. It is at Calvary that we re-discover the fact that Christ never left us, we left him. There, we lay our sins and sorrows, and when we end our time of communion with our Savior at Calvary, we find sweet rest in him. There at Calvary, searching the Word of God, hearing his Spirit speak into our spirit, praying our inner most concerns into his ear, sensing his smile upon us, there we find refuge and the proper motivations that guide us into wisdom for our answers.
When we run out of our love to love others, at Calvary we find God's grace making his love available to flow through us to others. That helps repair a lot of damage. At Calvary, searching the Word of God we find proverbs and testimonies of what God thinks and what he has done for an example for us. That helps us to understand what is more important and what is less. It is in the Word of God that we find out how everything we can possibly accomplish is based on our relationships with others. His commandments, his law, is the Manufacturer's handbook of how we relate to others so that we can achieve, learn from mistakes, build a firm foundation for our families, our business, our friendships, our nation. Yes, the humility we find at Calvary makes us teachable for all of that.
Why not decide to simply camp at Calvary? When temptations come, they must come into the presence of the Holy Spirit. When circumstances overwhelm us, when feelings are raging, when difficulties threaten to drown us, when uncontrolable storms assault us, they must come into the presence of the Master of the Sea, the Creator of the universe, the King of Kings, Lord of Lords, my personal Savior and the lover of my soul. We are there at Calvary together, my Jesus and I. And every imp of hell must bow before the presence of the one who is risen from the dead, the second person of the God-head and confess that he is Lord to the glory of God.
Camping at Calvary, what a good idea!