Perhaps it may turn out a sang,
Perhaps turn out a sermon.

-- R. Burns Epistle to a Young Friend

Monday, September 21, 2015

Higher Definition



But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. – John 1:12-13


Did you ever stop and think about how your life and your limitations were defined?  How many of us are where we are because someone encouraged us in some area or discouraged us?  We define ourselves sometimes by past mistakes, failures, and negative experiences. 

Today, the Bible says, is the day of salvation:  For he says, In a favorable time I listened to you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you.  Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2).  Regardless of how we looked at ourselves and our abilities in the past, today we can be made whole.  Today we can stop looking at ourselves as sinners and losers.  Today we can allow the Word of God and the will of God to define us as children of God. 

That is not to say that the negative stuff will stop.  We may have people around us who will try to bring us back down for one reason or another and often with good intentions.   We need to have faith in what the word of God says.  We need to use that faith as a shield to keep the accusations, slander, scorn, and unjust criticisms of the world from getting into our hearts. 

If we do make mistakes – and we will – at least I will, we accept our responsibility for those mistakes, but we must refuse to allow errors, sins, and faults to define us.  Those are the mistakes of the flesh, a result of living with a fallen nature in a fallen world.  We also have a new nature, given to us by the grace of God in Christ Jesus.  That is who we are, and … we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain (2 Corinthians 6:1).  Far too many who call themselves Christians still live under the burden of the old life.  This is not the salvation and deliverance that God intends for His children.  Jesus did not go to the Cross bearing my sins, shame, and humiliation that I might continue to live broken and shattered in this world.  He found us broken and rejected.  He came to put us together.  Believe it.    

3 comments:

John Lien said...

"...but we must refuse to allow errors, sins, and faults to define us. Those are the mistakes of the flesh, a result of living with a fallen nature in a fallen world. We also have a new nature, given to us by the grace of God in Christ Jesus. "

Glad to see you posting again. These days, it seems I can step back and watch myself about do the same old sins... but I seem to do them anyhow. I suppose it is a step in the right direction.

Read something the other day. I really like it, it is supposed to be written on a wall in some monastery on Mt. Athos.

It goes something like.
You gotta die before you die so you don't die after you die.

Ann Kellett said...

Beautiful! Thank you.

mushroom said...

That sounds about right, John.

Thank you Ann.