Wow! It’s been 8 months since I’ve last blogged. A new year has emerged. Another birthday has added to my years. Spring has sprung. And, I have completed my Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical Studies/Communications from Colorado Christian University. How time just flies by! Whether or not we are ready, time moves constantly and offers us new opportunities for change and/or growth. Things just happen in life, and sometimes we may find ourselves surprised by, overwhelmed with, or unsure about what time has brought to or taken away from us.
I hope you had an opportunity to review the Scripture reading I suggested in my last post to learn more about Jesus in the Synoptic Gospels. As I pondered my relationship with Jesus recently and His help in enabling me to finish school while living with a disabling condition–multiple sclerosis, I was amazed by and grateful to Him. I experienced the friendship, support and strength of God as I never have. Thinking on God’s faithfulness made me wonder how anyone can live life without Him. Jesus Christ truly makes life different, exciting and purposeful! I’m a witness.
I discovered not only does time keep moving constantly, but so does the life of God, through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. With Christ in your life, His Holy Spirit promises to guide us, teach us, comfort us, strengthen us and never, ever leave us. In this journey with multiple sclerosis coupled with my goal of completing my degree, I have just now experienced this to be true about God’s Holy Spirit. I can relate with Job where he states in Job 42:5 (NIV), “My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you.” This experience for me has been orchestrated for a (set) time.
Many times, as Christians, we wonder why this or that has not taken place in our lives. We read and hear the word of God, but it does not seem to radiate or manifest in our lives. We have a Christian home, preach/teach, go to church, worship God and pray, yet there are many Scriptures we read that we honestly have not yet experienced for ourselves. We need not worry about this. God’s kingdom life is just that—His life. It is a life we as humans have no capacity of performing, comprehending, or putting together—except by the consistent, constant and faithful work of God’s Holy Spirit in our lives throughout time.
We learn about time in the wisdom literature poetry by the Preacher in Ecclesiastes 3 (NIV). He writes:
“There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
2 a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
6 a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8 a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
9 What do workers gain from their toil?
10 I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race.
11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”
Verse 11 emphasizes for us how God makes everything beautiful in its time, and, (in essence), how no one can (actually) fathom what God does. He reveals this in time–even the experience with Him we so desire, want, need and pray for. While this is not customary to what we thought or have been taught, Jesus sort of alluded to this in Matthew 11:28-30. In God’s Kingdom there’s no striving–for anything. We simply come and receive from God His gift, through Jesus Christ, by His Holy Spirit! Exhale…Aaaah! 😊
Be encouraged my friends!
If you have never heard about Jesus Christ or accepted Him into your heart, I invite you to do so today. The apostle Paul told us in the Bible in 1 Corinthians 15:3-5 “good news” about Jesus Christ. He said, “For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve…”
Jesus actually did this for you my friend. Because God hates sin you see, Jesus Christ made the sacrifice for sin and took your punishment—death. Why? John 3:16-17, in the Bible tells us why. It says, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him.”
So, you see, God sent His Son Jesus out of a heart of love for you! Everyone’s looking for love. Here is the greatest love story, my friend, Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection also too was out of a heart of love for you! That’s it. He simply wants you to believe this–that He came, died, was buried and rose again for your sins to bring you close to God. He is the only way to God because He paid the penalty and shed His blood for your sin and mine.
I know this sounds hard to believe, nobody loves like that! But, it’s true! Believe and receive Christ as your Savior right now. Go ahead, tell Him you believe He did this for you and He is the Savior of the world, and then ask Him to come into your heart. We would love to hear from you! Let us know you did.