THE FATHER IS WAITING
7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace8 that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding,9 he[a] made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ,10 to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ. Ephesians 1:7-10
How many times do we continue to go through life waiting on a sign from God. I know that I have caught myself many times saying, "God, I need you to show me which way I am supposed to go." And to be honest, it is a difficult time of discernment because my heart is truly not in the right place to make the difficult decisions that God has placed in my life. The struggle we face every day is one that truly shows our commitment and faith in God. If we truly believe what we say each day, we know that God is in control and we are in need of letting go of the things that we continue to hold on to that cause us to fall into a deeper sin filled life. God is waiting on us with arms opened wide to lavish on us the grace, love and mercy that was a gift shed on the cross by the Lamb, Jesus. God has laid out the table and is standing there, like the prodigal's father, watching over the horizon to see if we will turn from our ways and return to the table. I really wish I knew why we continue to ask God to prove Himself to us. It truly is a struggle, because we all confess that Jesus Christ is Lord and we truly believe that God raised Him from the dead. So why is it that we still need more proof from God that we matter and need to fully rely on Him for ever aspect of our lives.
It's simple... we are sinners. Literally, we have sin sown into our DNA since the fall of man and we have to make a concerted effort to decide to stop going down our sinful path and step into the grace of the Father. It is very simply put that God has given us everything that we need to overcome this death sentence, but we have also been given free-will that causes
us to have to humble ourselves and let go of the control of our lives. It blows my mind that with our mouthes we profess that we want to be saved and freed from sin, but with our actions, with our flesh we are so weak and unwilling to truly surrender it all to God. We are sinners and in desperate need of an attitude adjustment that will allow us to fully experience God's love if we will just let go and trust God. But we really do have control issues. We are willing to trust God with moments that are beyond our control, but the things we can control, we are unwilling to relinquish into His hands. It is truly sad. But that is our nature. We ask for a sign, God gives us the ultimate sign through Christ and we want another sign. We ask for forgiveness, God gives us Jesus and we still want something else. Our actions and our words don't mesh. And because of that, the Father is still standing at the door and waiting for us to turn the knob and give Him full access to our lives.
So we see that again in the Scripture verses for today. As we have been walking through Ephesians 1, we have been able to see the intentionality of God through His blessing of Jesus Christ. Paul has been able to experience this love first hand and he continues to try and share that message with every person that he meets. God has been pursuing us from the beginning of time and all we do is continue to avoid having to give it all over to Him. In Christ there is redemption and mercy and forgiveness of our fallen state, and yet we still want more. We cannot conceive that it is truly that easy. We cannot conceive that there is only ONE thing that we have to do to find the joy, peace, patience, kindness, self-control, etc... that we seek. It is all wrapped up in flesh and came and walked amongst us. It is a gift that was wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in a manger until the time it was to be unwrapped on the cross for the entire world to see. Paul got it. He was living a life that continued to take him further away from God. God was waiting on Paul and finally stepped into his life on the Road to Damascus and everything changed. Paul stumbled and questioned at first, but once he fully submitted to God he became one of the greatest vessels for the Gospel that the world has ever seen.
It's time that we change our attitude and stop waiting on God. God has already met us halfway and is waiting for us to finally meet and surrender all we have to Him. We have messed up the scenario. There is nothing more that God needs to do for us. It is totally up to us now. We have to recognize that God has already provided everything that we need to get
out of our penalty for sin. We just have to be recognize it and break free from all these things that continue to hold us down. God is waiting and as I think about that image in my mind, it blows me away. He has never stepped away from us, but we have walked away from Him. God made known to us the mystery of His will, and it came in the form of Jesus. Jesus is the image of God's plan and we have to stop thinking that God needs to offer us anything else. We don't need another answer. It all breaks down to the simplest form and that answer is JESUS. So what are WE waiting for today? And yes, I said we. If we know that God is greater than our sins and has overcome this world through the power of Jesus. We just have to be willing to step out and fully surrender to the fact that we have been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb. We need to be ready to step up to the plate, admit our failures and remember that our failures do not define us. As Christians, we are defined IN CHRIST, but we have to be willing to step out of the sinful nature that so entangles us and focus our sight on God. Don't waste a day. You are forgiven and we need to live a life that exemplifies that free gift from God.