December 10, 2010 § 5 Comments
Sometimes simple things point to profound spiritual truths.
The egg. Three parts – the shell, the white, the yoke – yet one egg.
God. Three persons – the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit – yet one God.
So what happened over 2,000 years ago when Jesus came to Earth?
God cracked His egg.
He flung a part of Himself into flesh.
Oh, but life begins before the cries of a newborn are heard.
God cracked His egg and sent His “shell”
to be a tiny fertilized ovum in the womb of a young virgin named Mary.
Can you imagine the chaos of heaven?
Do you think Satan stood aghast wondering what this could mean?
Hoping Jesus had been flung out of heaven for good.
Can you see the yoke and the white without the shell?
The oozing messiness of it all, the pain of separation.
Oh, but it couldn’t have been done any other way.
The Savior had to be flesh,
a perfect sacrifice, a God-man.
But in order to be a God-man,
first a God-embryo,
finally a God-man.
All made possible because
God cracked the Egg of the Trinity.
Hebrews 12 tells us Jesus endured the cross
“for the joy set before Him.”
God the Father had the same end in sight when He sent Jesus to earth.
God, seeing into eternity future,
counted the breaking,
worth the end result – man in close intimate eternal relationship with Himself.
That eternal intimacy will bring glory to God Himself.
Oh that I may live a cracked life.
Willing to be messy and get messy for God’s glory.
That I may be full of Him and pour His grace and mercy out to others.
December 9, 2010 § Leave a comment
I love the apostle Paul and the words God gave Him to write. He doesn’t beat about the bush. He gets to the heart of the matter and tells you exactly what is going on.
“Foolish Galatians…” he wrote in Galatians 3:1.
That comment makes me sit up a listen. I love to hear others chastised.
I mean I have to be smarter than the Galatians.
I have the whole Bible.
I have been a Christ follower for 27 years.
A few verses later I don’t feel so confident.
Paul continues his comments by saying,“Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit,are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh?” (Gal. 3:3)
Ouch. Yes, I enjoy my flesh. I like to think I can do something for God.
I like to think I am smart enough to know God exists and to figure out I need Jesus as my savior.
I’m not so bad really. I’m not a murderer or an adulterer. I don’t curse (mostly). I do good things. Right?
Jesus really didn’t need to go to the cross for me.
Oh, but the truth, the ugly truth is that I am a murderer.
“Anyone who hates his brother or sister is a murderer…” 1 John 3:15
I am guilty of breaking all God’s perfect laws.
“For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.” James 2:10
The bottom line is that I am in desperate need of Jesus.
Apart from Him, I am selfish and a seeker of my own glory.
I may do things that look good, but I am doing them for me, not for His glory.
Oh foolish me.
Why would I put the weight of doing
it right and being good on my shoulders,
when Christ already won the victory for me? (Colossians 2:13-15)
Are you working to please God? Are you carrying a burden He never intended you to carry? Are you, like me, puffed up with your knowledge of Christ instead of humbled by your dependence on Him? If so join me as I pray:
Father God, I am amazed and humbled by Your sacrifice. That You sent Your son to die for my sins. Forgive me O Lord for thinking I can make myself worthy of Your gift. Forgive me for thinking I somehow was intelligent enough to figure out my need for a savior. Father I admit I am desperately in need of a savior. I confess I cannot do anything good apart from You. Help me to remember I am but a lame, blind, beggar in need of someone to carry me through the journey of life. Thank You for Jesus who died so that I could be healed of my sin disease and whom I desire to depend upon more and more every day. In His precious and Holy Name I pray. Amen.
I would love to hear from you. Are you amazed at His sacrifice? Are you in awe of His sufficiency? Is it hard to believe that God accomplished it without your help? Drop me a comment. I would love to hear from you.
December 7, 2010 § 6 Comments
I haven’t posted in a really long time. That isn’t really a confession since I am sure you have noticed. However, the reason behind this lack of posting is truly interesting.
I have been feeling dry and raw. I think we all periodically feel
like our hearts are on the wrong channel.
Like trying to tune the radio of your heart to your favorite station and
somehow you can never quite get it tuned in right.
Well, I have been feeling that way and wondering why…
The bottom line is that I am a mess.
I am not organized, but I aspire to have an organized house.
I want a clean kitchen
and laundry that gets folded and put away.
But I am not that person…Oh, but I try to be that person.
I am not the most thoughtful person.
I want to remember birthdays and send out the best
Christmas letters, but I don’t.
I am not the most insightful person.
I have sweet friends who share and discuss and think of great topics
to mull over together, but I don’t.
The more I get to know myself, my true self, the one apart from Christ,
I honestly can say I am an ugly sinner.
I do not like the things I think or the things I do.
It is serious ugliness.
But I try.
I try my self-help, self-talk and tell myself, “YOU CAN DO IT.”
The truth is that I can’t.
I can’t live up to the Martha Stewart – Beth Moore – Carol Brady – Supermodel standard I set for myself.
Most of which no one could do and live up to nor did God call me to do.
True lasting life change doesn’t come in the form of New Year’s resolutions or goals or plans.
No true lasting life change comes from God.
You see I am a helpless sinner.
Jesus goes so far to say, “Apart from Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5)
Oh, but the joy that there is in knowing that in Him I am free.
Jesus also tells us, “I have not come to call the righteous [or perfect], but sinners to repentance.” (Luke 5:32)
Do you see it?
Jesus wants us the mess that we are.
He wants us to cling to Him because without Him we can do nothing.
Oh but with Him…
“Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us,” Ephesians 3:20
Let’s free ourselves from our own expectations.
Will you join me in laying it all down at God’s feet?
Asking Him what He has for us to do.
Then do ONLY what He guides us to do.
I would love to hear from you.
Leave a comment so I can pray with you as we let go of our expectations.