Sunday, April 5, 2020

What we get in Christ

He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Romans 8:32 

If you ever feel that you are so insignificant that God does not care about you or that He does not want to listen to your prayers, you will be encouraged by Romans 8:32. There, you are assured that your heavenly Father loves you unconditionally. There was nothing so precious to Him that He would not give it up in order to provide for your salvation. When the Father gave His precious Son to save you, He proved once for all that His love is boundless. The apostle Paul concluded that if God would not spare His own Son in order to provide for our salvation, how would He not willingly give anything else at His disposal in order to care for us? He sacrificed so much to give us eternal life that we can rest secure in the knowledge that He also wants to give us abundant life (John 10:10). In light of what God did for us at the cross, should we not approach the throne of grace with confidence? God's response to our prayers is not based upon our worthiness but upon His love and grace. Our confidence in prayer comes not from who we are but from who He is. Nothing we could ask of Him could ever compare with the price He paid for us at the cross. How wonderful to know that God loves us so much! We can live with confidence and anticipation knowing that Almighty God is willing not only to give us eternal life, but also to help us experience it fully! - Blackaby Experiencing God Day by Day 

Oh if came to Christ, I would lose everything!  If I did, life wouldn't be fun anymore!  There's a party going on in Hell and people crying in Heaven!  I want to be where the party is!

Ever heard any of these?  I have.  Decades ago in school, I was made to hear songs of the day on rock stations.  Heard those in many of the lyrics.  Heard it from people I knew.  

My friend those are all seeping with lies.

Satan, as described by Jesus, is a liar and the father of lies.  When he speaks it's from his own nature.  

I read those things and remember those people with profound sadness.  In Christ life has been quite the opposite.  

I am a very big Jim Reeves fan.  A song he sang "This World is not My Home".

This world is not my home I'm just a passing through
My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue
The angels beckon me from heaven's open door
And I can't feel at home in this world anymore
Oh lord you know I have no friend like you
If heaven's not my home then lord what will I do
The angels beckon me from heaven's open door
And I can't feel at home in this world anymore

Friends, life is indeed changing.  It's not going to be like it was before the virus.  There's a whole world to inoculate, should a cure fully be found.  Social conventions will forever be changed.  We are learning the hard way of how much we truly crave social interaction.  How we really rely on one another.  

To me I really relate to this world not being my home.  I often feel like I am living with two conflicting views.  One where I am eager to be with Jesus, the other, is to keep doing what He needs me to do. 

My prayer has been that someone out there might come to Christ through this blog.  That some day in Heaven I might be introduced to someone who tells me they were reading this and it brought them to the feet of Jesus.  

You who are in Christ don't have to be some great preacher.  You just need to be the you that Jesus is making of you before others. There is nothing that we need to be taught at a seminary to bring people to Christ.  Andrew, Peter's brother, knew that he just had to introduce Peter to Jesus.  Jesus took it from there.  That's all we need to do.  Bring people to the feet of Jesus and let Jesus do the rest. 

For those reading this who haven't come to Jesus.  I ask but one question.  Why not?  Are fears in the way?  Fears of loss, of change, something else?  There's no reason to fear peace and love from Jesus.   
No reason to live like there's no hope.  Jesus is as alive today as 2,000 years ago. 

He's as much wanting a relationship with you as with Peter. Peter, if you read it, really considered himself a worthless man.  One whom people avoided.  He had personality issues. A bad temper. A few other things.  Insecurity.  Much like us today. 

Yet Jesus welcomed him and many other ordinary men to become Apostles.  Not that there's Apostles today.  An Apostle had one more requirement than an Elder or Deacon.  They had been with Christ. 

Really look at your life today.  Look for evidence of Jesus.  Be it a saved person or not, I guarantee you there is evidence of Jesus in your life.  Either He is still knocking on the door of your heart or He is in it making you more like Him.  But He is still there. 

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