During my morning’s devotions, I came across this quotation:
“But while God can be just, and yet justify the sinner through the merits of Christ, no man can cover his soul with the garments of Christ’s righteousness while practicing known sins, or neglecting known duties. God requires the entire surrender of the heart, before justification can take place; and in order for man to retain justification, there must be continual obedience, through active, living faith that works by love and purifies the soul.”
This sort of cancels a lot of us out, doesn’t it! Actually, it makes me feel uncomfortable because I’m one of those who continues to practice “known” sin and I’m also one of those who fail at “continual obedience”. The only benefit I have is “today” because I’m given an opportunity to change what I’ve already established and shared, with you. Is it possible you, too, also belong in this group? If so, we have some work to do, “today”.
I think the Lord allows most of us to get old(er) because should we die we would be lost! We may not think so, but the truth of the matter is, I also believe when we’ve reached that point in our experience when we’ve gotten over those battles and we are literally ready, then He closes our eyes as we enter eternal rest. But, today, as my eyelids fluttered, and as I found I could make it downstairs to sit in front of this laptop, and read those words, and now to write my thoughts to share with you, means there is still work to be done. I’m grateful for this opportunity.
The Bible states in Rev. 3 about the last day church’s condition, the “Laodiceans”. They have this problem thinking they have it altogether but don’t realize they are lacking in every respect. It’s similar to the child, like me, who grew up in a poor family but never knew we were poor. Oh, my parents knew we were poor, but we children hadn’t a clue. How about you, today? Do you think you are rich in faith, got “saved”, and your citizenship card for the Kingdom already printed! Hmmm, this could be a problem!
One of the benefits, too, as I’m getting up there is years and read the posts of many and the issues they’re facing, which I did at one time, too, is this: You realize they’re not as important as once thought. You also realize those little things which were overlooked were greater in importance than you once believed, and you’ve accepted this fact, I need to keep my eyes focused on Jesus and not on others because I’ve got a load of wash to put in my own washing-machine and pray others will have found their own machine because mine is going to be busy until that day when everything is all clean and Christ can close my eyes until He returns. But, until then, it’s not going to be that easy.
Happy Laundry Day!
October 9, 2014