At times I’m amazed at how easy it is for me to give place to complaining; especially if aggravations are consistent.
But when I think about it, aggravation was consistently present with Jesus in the form of Judas, wasn’t it? That guy was a thief and a liar even though he lived and “walked” with Jesus every day; yet, God loved him. God didn’t slip into complaints regarding him even though every word would have been justified.
Jesus knew that it wasn’t about that. Neither is life in God for us. Living Godly is about living righteously… that means allowing ourselves to be transformed into the image of Christ Who Himself is the exact image of God, according to scripture.
Ever think about that? I have and, whenever I do, it adds amazing grips to my feet. Humility increases the strength of our foundation in God, y’all; it allows us to yield to God’s desires to cleanse all blemishes to our personality. Saying yes to God’s desires will enable us to “love” continually, even when aggravations are present, and it’ll keep us from slipping into complaint.
Very few among us have ever really given God a chance. By “a chance” I mean honestly giving Him a fair shot at not just generating a miracle in our lives… but at running our lives His way.
Folks like to think they know all there is to know about themselves and most of their situations. Thankfully, not me. Oh, I used to feel that way… at least mostly, but sinful life unraveled that folly pretty quickly.
Holy Spirit approached me very simply and honestly… “Just give God a chance,” He said. “Just try Him and see what happens. Give Him an honest-to-goodness try and see whether or not He delivers you and comes through for you.”
So I did, and He did. God always keeps His word – always. He absolutely, positively never fails. When people reject or forsake Him and wind up in Hell, they’ve failed… not God. When we genuinely trust and obey the Lord through to the end, His Way and Plan always works to our salvation, benefit, and blessing. Always.
Heaven is filled with all those who just gave Him a chance.
What would you do with the opportunity – nay, the privilege – to witness Christ to people as they approached the very edge of the abyss? I don’t mean tell them along life’s way where they have plenty of time to forget; I mean what if you are literally their last chance to be saved? If you had the chance to tell them – not “preach” to them by the world’s definitions, but lovingly proclaim Jesus as Savior – would you take it with all your might? Or would you let them breach the precipice of eternity unsaved – one by one – and be lost forever?
Would you clutch each of them to your bosom and pray all the heart of God and Blood of Jesus into them to redeem their perpetual cause, whether they ultimately listened to you or not?
So would I, my friends… so would I…
Merciful, merciful God – this is Your doing, not mine… and I absolutely love You.