I sit here today wondering about the uniqueness of a personal relationship with God. He has been at the center of everything since day one. I often find myself on warm summer nights gazing into the heavens hoping to catch a glimpse of a living and tangible Lord. I want to reach out and touch him. Have I missed the point? Have I forgotten about the lessons I learned as a young boy in Sunday School and in my continuing Christian walk?
The answer to the two questions above is a resounding yes. I find myself forgetting that God lives and breathes within us. He is tangible today just as He was at the inception of time. God is in every fiber of everything on earth. So many people seem to think that God walked the earth thousands of years ago and that was all but as we know "Jesus was the word and the word was made flesh" (John 1:3). They have called him a heretic, a rebel, and even a liar. Would a man who was any of those thgings have been willing to sacrifice himself and cover me with his blood to save me from the bondage of sin and death?? God gave freely without asking in return. I still to this day cannot begin to fathom the limits of Gods love. It is revaled so beautifully in scripture. God is all things
most importantly, God is love a living breathing testimony. He is in us. Throughout the Bible there are references about ordinary men (and women doing extraordinary things. God is living and breathing in the pages of the scriptures. His message is clear: Be faithful, unselfish,kindhearted, patient, and most of all loving to friends and enemies.
As I think about this, I was speaking to a friend of mine on this issue. They expressed to me that the Bible was full of contradictions and therefore could not stand up to the standards of today's world. I expressed that every part of scripture while it may seem contradictory also bears some morsel of truth. In other words if you dont look for God and His meaning for your life in His word then understanding the logic within the argument is irrelevant. God is real. His word is thruth and truth does not contradict itself.
For an unbeliever it is easy to dismiss the need for a Savior. I used to think the same way when i was an unbeliever. It wasn't that I didn't think that God was not real it was just that I failed to absorb the truth. God is in everything I do, say, or what descisions I make. I found that before I accepted Christ, my life was a vast milieu of chaos and confusion. Looking back I realize that had I not been saved I would be heading down a different and unpleasant path. I thank God and paise Him daily for the things he has given me.
I tend to try to look at things in many different ways. I used to work as a pysch counselor. When a case rolled across my desk I would try to look through the diagnosis to see the person. Thats how I approach life. I tend to look at things through many lenses. I search for deeper meaning. I seek truth everyday. As I grow as a Christian things start to become abundantly clearer. My life gains a more rewarding and meaningful purpose. Life has many trials. I dont have to preach to you for you to acknowledge that.
Now I thank God that I am called to face those trials head on and that He will be there to pick me up and dust me off. I wont lie to you and tell you that my life over the last couple of years has been a bed of roses. It has been a struggle both physically and emotionally as I face both Parkinsons disease and my continuing self esteem issues. I am happy to say that despite of evrything I have found peace in my life. That peace comes through knowing Jesus Christ. Not just in knowing but embracing Him as the centerpiece of my life my Savior. Ask me to explain that Ten years ago and I would have said I must be crazy there is no way I can handle all this even with God. Five years ago at the beginning of my journey i still felt the stubborn desire gnawing at my soul to handle things on my own. I felt the urge to give up. I admmit thoughts of suicide did penetrate my mind. God didn't allow me to go through with it. I still cant comprehend how a car in full working order with a full tank of gas could just stop. It did.
If I see a person struggling I enlist my services to help. That is something that the Holy Spirit has shown me. I have been disabled the past ten years of my life. I have not let it destroy me. It has in truth humbled me. I could have turned away from Christ at that point but I refused. I see Jesus in the little things, such as helping someone get a bag of groceries or providing a nice smile or a compliment to brighten their day. I want to glorify God in evrything I do. I am unemployed at this moment. I am using this time to write to others who are Christians and pre-christians to encourage them and inspire them to find the truth within themselves, I am penning a screenplay about forgiveness and salvation. I do these things not for self gratification, but for the good of the kingdom. I seek Jesus in all things.
The last thing that I will share and this is something I hope everyone will take note of. If you dont take the time to serve and know Jesus through his word, in mind body and spirit than there will be no place for you in Heaven. I want you to meditate on that. If you choose not to serve, not to believe, not to seek Him, then you will be lost. Even though I have lost much I still have a lot to be thankful for. I have a risen Savior who loves me, and gave his life to free me from my chains. I am a new creation through the blood of Jesus. I am eternally greatful for Him and his abundant blessings.
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