“Pride seeks to ungod God” ~ Thomas Watson
There are quite a few people that I’ve met that wonder what it’s going to require of them to follow after Jesus. But the majority seem to just accept whatever someone else tells them. It seems that most Christians have this idea that to follow after Jesus means that you have said a prayer once to ask Jesus to forgive you and come into your heart. Then if you’re really spiritual it will also mean that you go to church, don’t use foul language, don’t drink, smoke, and will pray before your meals. But is this really the life Jesus has called us to?
I don’t ask this question lightly, but I want you to really think about it. What is it exactly that Jesus is asking us when He says to “follow me”? (Matt. 16:24, Luke 9:23, etc.) Is Jesus saying to make sure you go to church and…
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It is so, so incredible. I have no words. Let me sit in awful silence! ….. How and why? Thank you for choosing me. Even before you created the world. You knew me! How and why? You decided to make me holy. Set apart. Perfect. Just like you! How and why? You have deemed me blameless before you. My sinful nature stinks all around me yet here I sit, white as snow. How and why? You love me. Your blood covers me. Your love crushes me. Grace and life! Thank you!
Ephesians 1:4 (ESV)
“even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him.”
“Behold, God is my salvation;
I will trust, and will not be afraid;
for the Lord God is my strength and my song,
and he has become my salvation.”
Our humanity seems too often too close to the surface of our being. We are afraid when we should stand firm with confidence. We recoil when we should righteously correct. We shy away when we should be bold and share Jesus. To live is Christ, to die is gain. I can’t wait to see Jesus but until then I rejoice in the fact that I, sinful I, get the privilege to share Jesus.
2 Corinthians 7:10a
“For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret,”
One of my deepest desires is to strive to heap less condemnation on the cross. I realize Christ died once and for all for all my sins past and future, but when I think about my sin it grieves me to know that I have weighted down Christ even more. Even the smallest sin is more to him. I long for deeper sanctification. I long to be complete and be home with the Father, my Father, the one whom I fear and love and honor and long with everything of my being to hear say “Well done!” So that is my godly grief, that I sin no more and do not cause any more grief for His Son, my Savior Jesus Christ.
As I sit and watch the sunset that ends this season on Yom Kippur, I am in awe of God and his solution. Who am I that I am offered forgiveness? When you take a moment to reflect on God and his holiness, it is obvious how far short we fall at even a grain of sand worth of the mere thought of who he is. I’m overwhelmed at this moment that he called me to be one of his children. God is good! Thank God for Jesus!
For on this day shall atonement be made for you to cleanse you. You shall be clean before the Lord from all your sins. It is a Sabbath of solemn rest to you, and you shall afflict yourselves; it is a statute forever. (Leviticus 16:30-31, ESV)
Take time today to reflect on your year. How did you do? How can you better follow what God commands you to do. How can you serve Him more fully. More of Him and less of you.
Have a truly blessed Yom Teruah / Rosh haShanah!