A Much Needed Contrast

Everything looks clearer when there is a proper contrast. I often think back to the point at which I first believed in Christ and the joy that came in the knowing that the God of the Bible had chosen to save me from my sins. The joy that overwhelmed me was so extravagant, so deep that its hard to describe.  It was so elevated because it came to me directly after the moment the darkness of my sin was exposed to me.  The contrast that gave way to the clarity was the bright holiness of my Savior and the filthy corruption of my rebellious heart.  He is pure, I am not – yet He led me to repent and showed me great grace and love which turned my sorrow into laughter!

Where there is darkness God still creates out of nothing. What great joy there is in the free gift of Salvation given to sinner’s through Christ Jesus. One cannot earn it. One cannot deserve it. How magnificent it is to realize the Bible is true revelation from God and can be trusted. It is good news that God grants new hearts, new ears and new eyes to sinful mankind.

The joy of the salvation that the one true God grants to men cannot be known if the call to repentance is not preached or received. The good news of the gospel of God’s grace shines most brightly against the dark reality of humankind’s depravity and inability to keep God’s perfect law.

Servitude is Prime

The sanctification path that the Lord takes each of His new creations on has been staged with sign after sign that direct His remnant to remember His servitude. Our Lord walked in ultimate service to the Father all the way to His unjust death upon a cross securing our eternal redemption.  If for some reason a good brother sees me closing my eyes to these signs I pray that he will rebuke and correct me.

Never forget that the Lord of Creation did not come to be served but to serve and for good cause, to save His chosen people. He calls us to do the same, being a witness might just require us to lay aside our desires to be served and become interested in our neighbor’s eternal state. Love keeps no record of wrongs and grace is given to the humble.

Christ commands that we go into all the world and preach the forgiveness of sins, making disciples. God grant us mercy for our idleness, boldness for Your truth and love for each other and our neighbor!

Grace and Peace in Christ

-Abe