March 16, 2018
“Going through the motions doesn’t please you, a flawless performance is nothing to you. I learned God-worship when my pride was shattered. Heart-shattered lives ready for love don’t for a moment escape God’s notice.”—Psalm 51:16-17, The Message
Shattered pride .. heart-shattered lives .. starving for love .. offering your life to God without conditions? These hardly seem like God-defined qualities for a fruitful and productive life. But they are. The Kingdom of God is an upside down, inside out life compared to this present life. The materials we give the Lord are not completed-works .. extra-efforts .. good-intentions .. and overflowing-praises. They look the opposite beneath a cross. They contain broken-promises .. self-efforts .. blame-it-on-others .. and self-rejections. Everybody’s list has something unique to them. God’s indefatigable care over your life will never run out. He mends the broken places .. cleanses the self-inflicted wounds .. pours out a love so pure it leaves you speechless .. and throws a party for anyone who offers just themselves with all their mess in tow. Then the Holy Spirit informs you that Christ has pre-qualfied you for Kingdom employment: “You’re Hired”. When you look down at all those disqualifying descriptions of your life you see a blank page. Every one of those marks against you is erased and forgotten. If you look closely you see the faint outline of some scars that remain. Jesus knows about the power of scars. He knows how attractive this world’s offers can be at fragile moments in your life. The great discovery is finding out that God really does care about all the things that concern you. He doesn’t rate your life in difficulty or triumph. That’s where His Son stepped in on your behalf. There’s no triviality in God’s heart about your life. Jesus made sure of that. Looking for work? It only takes a moment …
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your cares on him, because he cares about you.”— 1 Peter 5:6-7, Christian Standard
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