Old Testament: It’s all about being blameless.
Proverbs 11:20 The LORD detests men of perverse heart, but he delights in those whose ways are blameless.
New Testament: It’s all about dying to self and living for Christ.
Acts 20:24 However, I [Paul] consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.
Jesus came so that we could be reunited with the Father. We have a relationship with Him!
THERE IS A CATCH: We must have the RIGHT relationship with Him. What IS this right relationship?
In a monarchy, even the king’s own children, the princes and princesses, serve the king. They become extensions of his rule through whom he governs his people. They also enjoy his presence and all the amenities of royalty.
What I have described is EXACTLY who we are in Christ. It’s not just about going to heaven. It’s about becoming royalty and all that the position bears.
Let’s go through it again:
- God the Father comes to us via His Spirit and makes us aware of our spiritual circumstances: sinners with no hope of being righteous or good, nor even wanting to be.
- He invites us to be His very own children!
- We accept: He then washes us in the blood of Jesus (Eph. 1:7, 2:13), removes our hearts of stone and gives us hearts of flesh (living hearts that beat with His–it’s actually His heart!).
- His heart now beats inside of us; we now begin to see as He sees and feel as He feels. His desires become our desires and His Plan becomes our plan.
- We reject our old lives and learn to allow Him to live His life through us via His Holy Spirit.
- We gain: Freedom from sin, all the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23), a new family, and a personal relationship with God The Father, through the Son, by way of the Holy Spirit. Oh, and we get to go to heaven when we die.
If you have read this far and are not plum excited about living for Him today, please call/text me and let’s talk about how you can become a disciple of Christ.
Let’s rejoice in Whose we are and be about the Father’s business today!