Saturday, November 15, 2008

Thoughts to Think on

These are thoughts on Forgiveness. I do love thinking on things of God. I don't mean things that the world thinks about God, but what God thinks about His Son. Here are a few questions to get your thoughts turning on Him. And then I will tell a story.

*What does it mean to you that your sins have been taken away?
*Understanding that confession is agreeing with God, and that it is always a healthy practice; what does it mean to you that forgiveness is not dependent upon your memory and ability to confess every sin?
*What does the phrase "once for all" mean to you? Read 1 Peter 3:18a
*How do we sometimes lack confidence in the "once for all"? Read Hebrews 10:3
*Should there really ever be guilt associated with a free gift?
*How are asking and thanking different?
*Why is thanking God for forgiveness more in line with Scripture? Read Colossians 3:15

Here's a true story: It was Gavin's 1st birthday. Everyone the family knew was at his party. His proud Daddy put him on his shoulders and began telling everyone how much he loved Gavin. How Gavin brought him so much happiness and he told of all the cute and wonderful things Gavin did everyday. How much joy his son brought into his life. The Dad went on and on about how much his son pleased him. While he was speaking someone from the back shouted out, "I have a drinking problem." On the heels of that comment, someone else muttered. "I've got a critical spirit." Yet another confessed, "I struggle with lust." Soon, chatter gave way to more chatter and the whole focus of the event had shifted. No longer was anyone concerned with Gavin and what his Father had to say about Him. Instead, everyone seemed to be consumed with their own issues.
How ridiculous! How inappropriate.
Of course, this event never really occurred. But I tell the tale to tell a truth. To illustrate a point that God has lifted His Son high, seated at His right hand. God has declared that His Son's works are awesome and that we should marvel in them. The central purpose of our lives is to focus on the Son, and in so doing, we please the Father.
As the father in the story hoped that all would genuinely celebrate his son on his birthday, God the Father desires us to be obsessed with His begotten. We are to eat of His flesh, drink of His blood and relish His finished work on Calvary.
Sadly, some Christians are so self-consumed that it's nearly impossible to get them to talk about anything other than their sins. It's as if their sense of importance stems from the fact that they are dealing with struggles. These struggles enable them to think about themselves, converse about themselves and even obsess about themselves - sometimes with a spiritual label on it all.

Well, now you know some of what I have been thinking about...I hope you too are thinking on things of God. Namely, His Son.

Soon I will share thoughts on the fact that Jesus is sitting at God's right hand.

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