I cringe every time a Christina tells me that “some Christians think that God is only about love”. I think I know what they are trying to say… but this whole thing is about love.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness - I John 1.9
Some call it Cheap Grace. Today I call it scripture, and claim it’s promise.
Have you ever seen a Christian try and prove Gods existence by arguing creation, The history of Jesus, or the archeological existence of this that or the other?
Not many people have been convinced of Jesus’ existence by arguing.
But Jesus tells us how we are to show the world that we are his, and that he is real, and leading us. And it’s by the way we treat (love) one another.
Who you are doing something for makes the world of difference. Just look at how different people become when they are aware of a camera filming them!
Picture the Lord of the universe, and then imagine what you are doing is important to him, and noticed by him. There you go...
When you've exhausted all your options, this verse speaks a great deal of hope.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD, Isaiah 55.8
I hang out with Christians a lot, and as a pastor I wonder if they are trying to impress me with their spirituality - and by spirituality I mean in this case, all the pointed fingers at evil society. And sure, there is plenty to point fingers at.
But we live in sin - of course there is going to be sin, and selfishness, and a lack of morality in this world. And so many Christians seems to get confused with their mission - rather than point people to Jesus, they go ahead and try and fix the latest problem they see around them. (At least talk about fixing it anyway).
And when we can't fix problems and issues as fast as they arise, it sure is nice to remember:-
God has a completely different approach. Our ways are not His ways. Hallelujah.
I learn more about God through a series of paradoxes - and this is a great one. You see, Jesus is both our High Priest, and our Sacrificial Lamb.
That means that our representative in Heaven is both perfect, and understands weakness.
It means our Savior not only died for us, but lived for us too.
It means He's is qualified, and understanding.
It means he can lead us to better while saving us from our worst.
This is such wonderful verse from a a terrific chapter from an awesome book.
I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made - Psalms 139.14
You know... I question this verse sometimes.
Why do I crave such unhealthy things. Why do I want the things that hurt me in the long run?
Being fit is hard work. Getting your body in shape, or somewhere to where I'd look in the mirror and go yes - now I am fearfully and wonderfully made! But my potential to get sick, or hurt is pretty huge. And that is without talking here about getting old.
But this body lives in sin. In that garden by that tree we ate the forbidden fruit. Women go through pain in child birth, and us men have to work hard to see the fruit to our labor. This is what sins does, and my mirror me seems to be exhibit "A".
But when I bleed, my blood thickens so that the bleeding stands a chance of stopping. This is pretty cool. And you know... I breath all day long without giving it a second thought - even when I'm sleeping!
Sure - I look forward to a new body (which is promised). But with a little care and attention, this one isn't so bad. For I truly am fearfully and wonderfully made.
This is Moses' song after crossing the Red Sea. I can only imagine the adrenalin and emotion flowing through Moses after this. And while I've never walked through a Sea on dry land with a million people, I do have my "crossing the Red Sea" moments, and I too praise God for them, and I praise Him for who His is to me and my life. Today as I write this, this is my song too.