(07.20.21– Getting There On My Own! –Matthew 25: 31-46)
My friend, may I ask you a question? So it is often with us as well as we contemplate the seemingly complex nature of God's love. Can He really grant us perfect forgiveness and eternal life simply because we love Him and believe in Him?
My friend, Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day.
I'm M. Clifford Brunner.
I was reading recently in an issue of National Geographic that physicists were looking for a formula to explain how a plethora of different elements form a seemingly never-ending chain of smaller and smaller particles making up the structure of matter. They have whittled the chain down to the smallest particle yet discovered, the muon and theorize that still smaller articles yet exist. In an effort to explain dimensionally and physically how such small particles are connected, they are developing a theory based on "strings" of linked particles ever smaller in size. The article continued that if the theory was proven true, it would give us a formula for understanding the existence of matter that could be "contained on a single piece of paper." Then, finally, the article concluded, we would be able to explain how matter "was created in the presence of pure energy." As they busily make this search to discover the basic principle that underlies the structural complexity of matter, they will, of course, overlook the obvious. God created the world in six days by merely speaking His Word. That would be far too simple however to explain something they feel must be complex.
So it is often with us as well as we contemplate the seemingly complex nature of God's love. Can He really grant us perfect forgiveness and eternal life simply because we love Him and believe in Him?
Here's a story: Some time ago I read about an instant cake mix that was a big flop. The instructions said that all you had to do was add water and bake and you had your cake. The company couldn't understand why it didn’t sell until their research discovered that the buying public felt uneasy about a mix that required only water. Apparently people thought it was too easy. So the company altered the formula and changed the directions to call for adding an egg to the mix in addition to the water. The idea worked and sales jumped dramatically. (R.W.D. Daily Bread, June 2, 1992)
Unlike the cake-mix manufacturer, God has not changed His "formula" to make salvation more marketable. The gospel we proclaim must be free of works, even though it may sound too easy. As with the physicist searching for the "complex" behind the "complex," are we often guilty as well of the same misguided spirit? We seek to "do good" in order to justify that love; all the time missing the obvious in search of the complex. There is nothing that we can do to please God. No works that we do can justify us before God. Jesus did that. Once we discover this "simple" truth, the "strings" of faith that bind us to Him become tangible, understandable. Simply, we love Him because He loves us. He loves. We love. He bids. We obey. This is the chain, the tie that binds us to our Lord. Formulas don't get much simpler than this.
We pray. Heavenly Father, the gospel we proclaim must be free of works, even though it may sound too easy. But isn’t it true that we are we often guilty of a misguided spirit? Forgive us. We seek to “do good” in order to justify that love; all the time missing the obvious in search of the complex.There is nothing that we can do to please You. No works we do can justify us before You. Jesus did that. Once we discover this “simple” truth, the “strings” of faith that bind us to You become tangible, under-standable. Simply, we love You because You love us. You loves. We love. You bid. We obey. This is the chain, the tie that binds us to You. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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