Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Be Cleansed While You Can

"If you, LORD, kept a record of sins,
Lord, who could stand?
But with you there is forgiveness,
so that we can, with reverence, serve you."
(Psalm 130:3-4)

We all have sin in our lives. It is the hereditary affliction of the spirit that we cannot cleanse by our own means, but daily make worse by our prolonged separation from God. You must acknowledge the universal reality of sin. Know that you will be held accountable for the sin in your life if you do not take up the mundificant that is Christ. He is the only means we have of spiritual redemption - something you may feel you do not need now but, I promise, you do and will even more when your time in this world is spent.

But grace is not offered to the dead. Only in life may you choose your side, choose if you will or will not be associated with Christ. Your death will be the seal upon your decision. Go to your grave knowing that this one thing will carry over, and not even mortality can annul your spiritual allegiance, which can either be a wonderful promise or a terrifying guarantee. Which will you make it?

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Desperate for You

"Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey your word."
(Psalm 119:67)

There is no contesting the reality that it is our recalcitrance that makes life difficult. We invite God's violent correction because that is what it takes to wake us from our illusions of self-sufficiency and God-less happiness.

God is so desperate to have you with Him - to not see you go down into eternal despair and separation - that no jolt is too severe, no warning too brutal, if the final outcome is your salvation. Save yourself and be saved: consider Christ's validity and necessity now, for prolonged rejection only means intensified interventions. God is desperate for you. He does not desire that any should die, but the decision - eternal death or eternal life - is always going to be yours. Just don't expect God to accept your fate with the same resignation that you do: He will fight your demise tooth and nail, because He is desperate for you. You are beloved, and He grieves your division from Him by the second, but God will never just let you go down to your grave in peace - not if there is still the slightest chance of your eyes being opened.

Know that God loves you and will do anything to save you from your self-consigned fate. Just don't expect His interventions and corrections to come in the way of warning letters and gentle nudges: your immortal soul is in the balance - and nothing so costly was ever lost without the most grievous of battles.