“Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature. The old things passed away; behold new things have come.” ~ 2 Corinthians 5:17
It’s The Truth.
The Lord meets us, greets us and even loves us right where we’re at. In the depths of our sins, he knows where we are and offers His rescuing over and over again. We either accept His great mercy and clothe ourselves in Him… or turn away and remain where we are-hopeless, helpless and feasting on an artificial love for the world.
Throughout our lives, He knocks on our doors over and over again…
Do you remember some of the times He’s knocked?
I bet you do.
I know I do.
He loves you no less than He loves me, and He’s knocked on my door plenty.
Who would turn away this offer? Why would someone say no to Him?
With Him, comes sacrifice. Indeed, Jesus freely gave his life for us on the cross…No “good works” could ever come close to pay for what he did for us. But, there is still a trade-off.
It’s our junk.
Oh, how embarrassing to have to hand over junk to a Holy God who is perfect in every way. Couldn’t there be a way to hide the junk? Maybe stick it over there in the corner or under the rug? What about making it look prettier so it doesn’t seem so bad?
” He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.” ~John 15:2
No God. No change…Know God. Know change.
Nothing this world has to offer compares to the freedom God gives us when we are obedient to Him. Don’t think you can do it?
“Jesus looked at them and said ‘With man this is impossible, with God all things are possible.’” ~Matthew 19:26
What would it feel like to be free? Can you even imagine? Yeah…it may hurt at first, but in the end? Obedience is freedom.
I’m speaking to both believers and non-believers when I’m writing this…and don’t you think for one minute that because you are a believer there isn’t more junk to hand over or more branches to prune. My hand is RAISED and these thoughts are being typed out more for my use than yours.
But, dear friends know this….
The bible wasn’t written to condemn us…it was written to save us.
Don’t know what your “junk” is? Ask Him…
And guess what? Junk is junk. Here on Earth we tend to “rate” sin, but God doesn’t. It is what it is and no one person has “better junk” than the other…it all stinks.
So I pray this for you and for me again…
No God…no change. Know God…Know change.
Love you all so much, Janelle