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January 19, 2015, 10:45 AM

The Gift

Christianity doesn't make sense. 

I know that's kind of a weird statement, but it really doesn't. It doesn't really jive with our humanistic way of thinking. Christianity teaches us that you are a sinner. You are separate from God. You must be brought back to Him. This makes sense. We can understand the idea of wronging someone and the need to be restored. The method of restoration is the kicker. We are taught in Ephesians 2:4-9 that our salvation, our restoration to God, is by none of our doing. We need to be restored to God, but there's nothing we can do to be restored. Huh? It doesn't make any sense. 

Restoration to God is a gift. We don't have what it takes to be restored to God. We have to one hundred percent rely on the grace and mercy of God revealed to us through Jesus. It doesn't make sense. We feel the need to DO SOMETHING. We feel the need to make it up. I once baptized a 60-something year old man who just could not believe that accepting Jesus in baptism would simply wash away 60 plus years of sinning. He told that it was just "too easy." I couldn't argue with him. I just told him he needed to trust God and be obedient to Him. He finally relented and just did it...still in disbelief that this was all would take to be right with God. Many Christians live every day with guilt and shame. They just haven't done enough. We read verses like Romans 8:1 which says, "Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus." We can intellectually understand this message, but it's hard for us to truly accept it. 

We've sang the song, Jesus Paid It All, but we struggle with this truth. We feel like we must do more to be saved. We feel like we haven't done enough. We haven't done enough, we can't ever do enough, but that's okay. It's called a gift. We don't earn it. We don't deserve it. God in his amazing grace and mercy sent Jesus for us. Jesus is our gift. 

The only catch is will we accept the gift or not. That's the million dollar question. So many in the world know about Jesus but many never accept the gift. What have you done with this gift? Have you ignored the gift or have you accepted it and devoted your life to it? 

It's up to you what you do with Jesus. 

Have a great week,


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