Without giving the enemy too much credit, it is my belief that one of his primary objectives is to keep us focused on our shame and guilt surrounding sin in our life. The enemy tempts us in ways we sometimes choose to follow causing us to become wayward sons and daughters. Jesus, on the other hand, stands ready and willing to freely offer us His Way. The better Way. It is only by the profound Grace of God that we can receive Christ’s forgiveness of sin.
This forgiveness is what transforms our lives from one of shameful bondage to that of eternal salvation. But what happens if we stumble and sin again…and again…?
Praise to God that Jesus looks at each one of us with eyes which see beyond our past sins to the potential He has for us. Jesus looks at us and sees the old dying and the new reflection of Christ Himself in our future. But how do we attain what Christ already sees in us who are His creation?
It is both easy and free yet our choice and something we must completely enter. It is as Romans 10:9-10 tells us, “if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved”. It really is as easy as saying those words and believing in our hearts that Jesus has been raised from the dead and is seated next to our Father in Heaven. But, it also requires that we bring it ALL to Christ. We must bring ALL our sin, our mistakes, and our humility before Jesus to receive His grace, mercy, and forgiveness. Then, and only then, do we wayward sons and daughters attain right standing before the thrown of God.
As Ephesians 2:8 says, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God “(emphasis mine). Have you ever seen a child run to open a gift being given to them? Such joy. Such happiness and excitement. What would we give to be childlike again?
If you have not yet received God’s gift or if you have become a wayward son or daughter my prayer for you is this:
“Holy Spirit enter into this place right now. Fill us with Your Presence. We joyfully receive the gift of Your Grace. With our mouths we confess that Jesus Christ is Lord and in our hearts we believe that Jesus is risen from the dead. We bring ALL our sins, mistakes and hope to the foot of the cross. We receive Your forgiveness in Jesus Name! Our hope is found in You, alone, God. We praise You for seeing beyond our past to the potential of You in us. Use us this day and always for Your Kingdom’s Glory. In Jesus Name. Amen.”
Kami R. Lobner