Friday, November 22, 2013

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There's a graphic going a round that says, "Thank You, God, for blessing me much more than I deserve.".  No the title of this post isn't garble, it's the initials for that saying.  The idea sounds so humble and so right.  I even +1ed it and reshared it.  But, as I was going to sleep that night, I realized how wrong it really was, in some ways.  Think with me and you'll see what I mean.


Romans 8:16 (KJV)  The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:  


As believers, we are the spiritual children of the Most High.  That gives us a whole new perspective. And it's what makes that quote wrong.  Follow my logic and see if you agree.

If I say that I'm blessed more than I deserve, I'm saying one of two things.  Either I don't have a relationship with God or I'm not recognizing the full extent of that relationship.  Think about it.  If I'm not connected to God, I'm not likely to thank a God whose existence I question.  Although I might cover all possibilities by throwing up a request or a "thank you", just in case.  If that's the situation and I'm being blessed, I am indeed being blessed more than I deserve.  But I'm also likely to believe I deserve those blessings.

On the other hand, if I have a relationship with God, I've accepted the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ.  Remember how that gift came to exist and what it does.  Jesus went to the Cross and, in a moment in time took on all of sin and all sins upon Himself, so that He might make the eternal payment for that.  My personal opinion is that He leaves sin in Hell, once He had made that payment and all who will accept it have done so.  The main quality of sin is that it creates an environment without God's presence, which is also the main quality of Hell.  While the description of the tortures of Hell certainly could be literal, they're also a good description of the torment of the soul separated from God.

Having accepted salvation, we avoid the eternal consequences of sin.  We trade in our flawed nature for Christ's perfect nature.  So, God only sees His Son's nature, not ours.  Our earthly experience lags behind spiritual reality.  We still see all the faults that have been wiped out by the Cross.  But God doesn't see that fallen nature, any longer.  In human terms, I could picture Him scratching His head in a questioning way, wondering what we mean when we tell Him we don't deserve those blessings.  The Father sees His Son's nature in believers, not our fallen state.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 (KJV)  In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 

We're always supposed to be thankful.  But, if we think from God's perspective, our transition to being Christ followers makes us deserving of all blessings.  Because Jesus is deserving.  We are truly not our sin.  We are children of God!  That's an amazing reality!  How are you reveling in that wonderful reality?

2 comments:

  1. Thank your for sharing this. We sometimes forget that we are restored as sons and daughters of God through Jesus Christ who has blessed us with a royal robe. Evidently God thinks we deserve to be restored or He would not have let His Son Jesus Christ die on the cross."I am no longer worthy to be called your son" is a statement of repentance not the statement of a loving Father.

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  2. Exactly, Robert. Should we repent when we mess up? Absolutely. Should we feel bad that we've disappointed God? Sure. But as soon as we truly repent, our thinking needs to line up with His. And part of that is that every time He looks at us, He sees Jesus.

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