I really want to blog about something else on this chapter but God’s not going to let me. I started typing out a different quote and I had that catch in my spirit and deleted it. God is so bossy!
Marla prompted participants this week:
“You and I desperately need to consider whether we have ever truly, authentically trusted in Christ for our salvation” (37). What do you make of that?
That’s a tough question to answer. How does one really know if you are “born again”, “saved”, “one of His children”? I think the answer is a few pages away:
“We are saved from our sins by a free gift of grace, something that only God can do in us and that we cannot manufacture ourselves. But that gift of grace involves the gift of a new heart. New desires. New longings. For the first time, we want God.” (39)
If you say you are a Christian but you don’t desperately long to know God more, to be more like him, to do more for him, to be less of yourself and more of him, I plead with you along with David to consider if you have truly, authentically trusted Christ. Yes, you may know of Jesus but if you don’t long for him, there’s something missing. That new creature has not replaced the old one.
You may be way, way, way far from God and doing everything that would displease him but the question is do you care?
Because a child of his would care.
He would care very deeply that he was displeasing God. Even if you don’t know how to get out of what you are in, having that desire to be connected or reconnected with God is what’s important. If it’s the first time you feel that way, he’s calling you to accept that salvation. If you know you’re his child, then he’s calling you out of that pit and back into his arms.
And if you just don’t care, my dear friend, and you are reading this, it’s not an accident and you are my prayer for this week. Because he’s calling you to care.
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