Monthly Archives: February 2011
2 Corinthians 5:19 (NKJV)
“That is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.”
Last time, when we talked about negative labels we looked at how people are masters summing up your life in one sentence because of something bad that you went through. One of the things I find very disturbing is not the fact that people refuse to let go of your past negative experience, but the fact that you yourself refuse to let it go. Forgiving yourself is like turning the key on your own shackles.
Who doesn’t make mistakes? If you don’t want to make a mistake, say nothing, do nothing, be nothing and you will not make a mistake. But as long as we live in this human tabernacle, we are prone to make mistakes. The greatest error of it all is to let any mistake destroy your faith in God and confidence in yourself. God writes straight with crooked lines. He blesses us in spite of our blunders.
Our God is a God who not merely restores, but He also takes our mistakes and follies and incorporates them into His plans for us and brings good out of them. J. I. Parker says “This is part of the wonder of His gracious sovereignty.”
Paul the apostle said, “God Himself is in Christ reconciling the world unto Himself and not IMPUTING our sins against us.” Did you hear that? It means He is not holding it against you. The question is, how do we go about dealing with our mistakes?
The first sensible course is to confess to God that you made a mistake. To confess that you were wrong yesterday is only to acknowledge that you are a little wiser today. Secondly, study and analyze why you made the mistake. This is necessary because only fools repeat their mistakes. The third step is to learn from it. If you don’t learn from your mistakes, there’s no sense making them. Fourth, forget it and move on. And finally, figure out doing better next time. The best way to silence your accusers is to do better than you did the last time.
Joy Ridderholf, founder of Gospel Recordings, Inc., once wrote: “Count it all joy – even when you feel stupid.” In response to this statement, someone wrote and asked her, “Can a person rejoice in her own blunders?” Her answer was:“Being notoriously absent-minded, I have made some bad ones! But I do not mean to and each time I hope to do better. However, I immediately begin to rejoice in it. Furthermore, I thank God for permitting me to make the mistake.”That, ladies and gentlemen is the right attitude.
The message Bible states in 2nd Corinthians 5:19: “God put the world square with himself through the Messiah, giving the world a fresh start by offering forgiveness of sins. God has given us the task of telling everyone what he is doing.” He knows how to turn our messes into messages. So let go and move on. Let people say whatever they want to say, forgive you and move on. There are more people cheering for you than your haters.
I’ll leave you for now. If we don’t meet again, I’ll see you at the dinner table in Papa’s house.
For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Romans 8:29 NKJ
Thanks to all of you who took time off to contribute and comment on the blog. I believe you are all on the right track. Today I want to take this a step further and try to make some suggestions on how we can be more like Him. Let me give you a disclaimer here, I am convinced that on this side of heaven we will not attain perfection, but as we try to see Him more clearly, walk closely to Him, love Him more dearly on a daily basis, we will attain that perfection when we appear in glory.
Last week I said I believe that the term Christ-like has got to do with one’s attitude towards first, His father’s will and secondly, His attitude towards humanity. A friend made a comment that our attitude towards the father is not a difficult thing to do; it is the attitude towards humanity that she struggles with. I am with you sister. However we cannot treat folks as they have treated us, we treat folks as Christ has treated us with love, grace and mercy.
We start off this Christian journey as babies, and then we grow from grace to grace and from glory to glory. The one thing I would suggest we do is to ask this one question every time we are faced with a situation, “what will Jesus do?” I know it sounds like a cliché, but ladies and gentlemen if we are going to be more like Jesus, then we need to know how he would respond to the issues of life as we face them DAILY. The emphasis here is daily, because you can’t act like Christ today and then act like a pure devil tomorrow. Life is a test. Every day we are taking quizzes and exams. So then the question is, will you pass today’s test? A parent overheard a child’s prayer, “Now I lay me down to rest, I hope to pass tomorrow’s test. If I should die before I wake, that’s one less test I have to take.”
Christ-like is a journey. The issues of life, the vicissitudes, the storms and the trials we go through are all meant to shape us to become more like Him.
A sculptor once fashioned a magnificent lion out of a solid stone. When asked how he had accomplished such a wonderful masterpiece, he replied,“It was easy. All I did was to chip away everything that didn’t look like a lion.” All God does is to chip away everything in our lives that doesn’t look like Christ. So maybe for you he is chipping off anger today, maybe for your neighbor it is pride he is chipping off, maybe for me it is anxiety. Whatever they are, are you allowing him to chip them off? So you can become like the child of the lion of the tribe of Judah that you are? If we are going to become like Christ, we have to understand that, it is a journey we have to travel daily. John E Bode wrote a song and titled it “My Savior and My Friend” the last few lines read:
My hope to follow duly/Is in thy strength alone/o guide me, call me, draw me/Uphold me to the end/At last in heaven receive me, My savior and my friend.
He gives us the strength to follow Him. I believe our prayer should be, “Guide me, call me, draw me close to you and uphold me. If we will genuinely desire to be like Him, we will go through the test but in the lingering moments of those experiences, anxieties, fears, and doubts, He will carry us through till we make it home. May Jesus guide you through the days ahead of you and May Christ and the cross remain sufficient for you; and may you become more like Him daily.
Next week we will try and look at some scriptures and try to imitate Christ.
I will leave you all for now, if we don’t meet again, I will see you at the dinner table in papa’s house.
Rev. Kingsley Ayesu.