Sunday, March 30, 2008

an Easter reflection...







Looking at these photos from Easter and thinking on that day and on service today...

"Give your life to God."
"Let Jesus into your heart."

These are misconceptions. There is nothing that we can do, like "give" or "let", to gain salvation. It is there for us. He is there for us. Always. Even when we forget that we really need him. Even when we think we can take care of ourselves. Even when we get hurt by others and think it would be easier alone. He is there. He waits. It hurts Him that we try to hide. He is sad that we pretend. Sad. And yet, He loves us. Even when we think we are doing alright. He knows what is ahead. Even when we are just going through the motions. Even when we are trying to move on. Even when we are happy. Even when we are growing. He celebrates our victories. He cheers us on as we face our trials. Even if we don't acknowledge His presence. I am so speechless when it comes to how amazed I am by His love for me. I am so grateful to know that I have eternity to spend with Him in His Kingdom. Salvation isn't a date when you decided that "okay, I understand this." Salvation happens in an instant. It happens when you Believe. Really believe through faith. When you really believe that Christ is the son of God and He died for our sins on the cross and He rose again... When you believe that. When you believe, it changes who you are, who you were and who you will become. It changes how you live your life. It changes how you love people. It changes how you view your time here on earth.