It really would be ridiculous for me to go another day without coming right out and saying something to you…
I have finally come to grips with last month’s earthquake (what?! It was super scary!), and while I don’t know that it had anything to do with the end of the world (as we know it) or was a result of Oklahoma’s influx of casinos (I jest) or was a warning to the lukewarm church of the Bible Belt (hmm, maybe), I DO know this…
It made me think.
Here I’ve been blogging for nigh unto a year. I’ve told you all about my interesting son and my bossy daughter and my angelic baby and my preacher husband and my awesome Mom and my hypochondriac (and awesome) Dad and my pregnancy woes and my trillion-and-one fears and my beloved minivan and my Christian struggles and my birthday rituals and my powdered donuts. In short, I’ve told you all about me and me and me and me and mine.
To be fair, I’ve told you a little bit about God and how He has brought me from there to here…
But have I truly taken advantage of this blogospheric platform by using it to tell you the best news ever? Have I redeemed the time I have been given by pointing the world around me to someone other than me? I sincerely doubt it. In fact, I know I haven’t. And today I shall remedy that…
Do you know the God who created you?
He knit you together in your mother’s womb. By His hands, you were fearfully and wonderfully made, unique and in His image and for a purpose. The beauty of the earth around you proclaims His glory and craftsmanship. Look at the night sky, with its millions of stars glittering above you; the day sky with a new display every morning, and a fantastic sunset every evening. The trees, the flowers, the hills, the brooks, the mountains, the lush valleys, the soil, the produce, the animals, the birds…they all proclaim His name, a tangible reflection of His power and ingenuity.
And so do you. The intricacies of your mind and body are beyond complicated and scream of a “higher power”, one full of grace and kindness and massive intelligence.
Now look inside you. Deep down, I mean, beyond the excuses and the carelessness and the procrastination. Your heart knows the truth. You know that you sin and do not live a perfect life. You know that you will die someday. You know that the things you chase after – lust, money, power, possessions, fame – don’t fulfill you like you think they will. They are like ashes, leaving your mouth dry and longing for more and more and more and more.
And the Bible says that these two things – creation and your conscience – condemn you and leave you without excuse when the end really does come and you stand before the God of the universe. (Read Romans chapter 1).
So what can you do?! Condemnation from a holy God is not something any of us want to face, is it? What a shame it would be to suffer though this life chasing after a happiness and contentment that is impossible to capture only to die and find that the wrath of God is being poured out upon you for eternity.
What a shame it would be to realize that those things that you ignored – His creation and His fingerprint inside of you – were actually trying to point you to an answer that would not only save you from that eternal condemnation, but would fill you up and satisfy you today.
This very day.
Jesus Christ, the son of God, came into this world 2000 years ago to pay for your sin. He lived a perfect life, befriending sinners just like you and me. He walked among them, He healed them, He felt their pain and sadness and sorrow. He was tempted by every temptation that they faced, and yet He did not sin. And then He demonstrated the greatest love the world has ever known by dying on a cruel cross as a substitute for us wretches, receiving the full wrath of God in our stead. He was buried in a borrowed tomb and for three days His followers wept, confused and afraid. But just like He said He would, He overcame death by raising again, appearing to large groups of people at a time, proclaiming to the entire world that death and sin no longer had to hold dominion over us. The penalty had been paid. The enemy had been defeated…
And the Bible says that if you repent of your sin by turning away from it and put your faith and hope in Jesus, the blood that He shed on the cross will cover you. Forever. The emptiness inside of you will be filled. Forever. The life you live that seems meaningless and hopeless will have purpose. Forever.
Christianity is not an easy road. The older I get, the more difficult the journey becomes. The battle against sin is a daily war, exhausting and all-consuming. But I am a witness…this “stuff” is REAL. And life on this road is not to be missed, I promise you.
And so I just ask you to give your life some thought. Are you living as if your Creator does not exist? Have you exchanged the truth that is imprinted inside of you for a lie that is easier to swallow? Have you even considered what is going to happen to you when you die?
If you have lived your life thus far with your back turned on the God who made you, my greatest prayer is that you will begin to search for Him today.
Run, don’t walk.