Do you know what amazes me about our Savior?
It's the astounding
truth that because of the cross, that by His death and resurrection,
Jesus makes possible the free gift of salvation by grace through faith!
Sometimes I have a difficult time wrapping my head around the Lord's
willingness to die for me and I feel undeserving of His sacrifice. Do I
see you nodding your head because you can relate?
As a Christian,
I know I'm saved because I accepted Jesus into my heart and into my
life. In the book of John, Jesus tells us this, "I tell you the
truth, those who listen to my message and believe in God who sent me
have eternal life. They will never be condemned for their sins, but they
have already passed from death into life." (John 5:24 NLT)
Read that through a dozen times and let this truth fill your heart. We
don't have to be perfect. We can't earn our salvation, nor can we buy
it. We simply have to listen to the gospel message and believe in God
who sent his only Son to earth with one incredible task...to save souls!
Do I still mess up? You better believe it.
I'm about to
become vulnerable here so please be gentle with your reproach. I'm a
sinner...my thoughts aren't always pure and I don't always say words
that are God honoring. I don't always love my neighbor as myself and
yes, I don't always put the toilet seat down! I'm a by-product of a
fallen world and a human being in need of a Savior. Aren't we all?
The other night when I was feeling especially unworthy of Jesus, I
dreamt something that caused me to reflect on the incredible gift of
salvation. In my dream stood a long vertical pole running from ground
level and disappearing straight up into the sky. Attached to the shaft
at eye level was a large bowl. I asked Jesus what was in the bowl and He
simply replied, "Your sins." Then the container began to rise and was
gone from my sight! And no I don't usually have dreams like that!
woke up sobbing at the realization that God loves me, that by simply
believing in Jesus, I could experience this profound truth. "He has
removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west."
(Psalm 103:12 NLT) Those sixteen words are life changing!
friends, not one of us is perfect in God's eyes. But because of Jesus we
can one day be in His presence without fear or condemnation. That's the
amazing part of Christianity. So the next time you feel underserving of
God's love and forgiveness; remember this, "But if we confess our
sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to
cleanse us from all wickedness." (1 John 1:9 NLT)
part and mine is to simply respond to God's invitation with a resounding
"YES!" It's then we are made new in Christ Jesus and your heavenly
future is secured! How wonderful that our Lord chooses to love us even
when we don't deserve it.
Now that's amazing!