Thursday, November 2, 2017

The God from Sunday School

Behold, the God from Sunday School. 
Though you may not have called out to him in forever, He still hangs around.  In fact, He is more present that you may know and believe.

You were probably taught some of these concepts:

~Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so.
~God so loved the world that He gave His only son, so that whoever believes in Him shall be saved.
~If we confess, He will forgive.

There are others, and perhaps your mind is bringing those thoughts to the front as well.  The point is this … that same God of love and grace is still present.  He is still offering you grace, mercy and a second or third chance.

It does not matter how many times you may have rejected His call; the important fact is this … if you call out He will answer.

I want to borrow from my favorite mentor, Brennan Manning.  He presents the gospel of grace and mercy in such clear imagery

“I shall see the woman who had an abortion and is haunted by guilt and remorse but did the best she could, faced with grueling alternatives.

I’ll see the businessman besieged with debt who sold his integrity in a series of desperate transactions.

There will be the insecure clergyman addicted to being liked, who never challenged his people from the pulpit and longed for unconditional love.

And there will be the sexually abused teen, molested by his father, who is now selling his body on the street, who, as he falls asleep each night after his last ‘trick’, whispers the name of the unknown God he learned about in Sunday School

“But how” we ask?

“And the voice answers, ‘They have washed their robes and have made them white in the blood of the Lamb.”

The God from Sunday School answers once again.  “I really do love you.  I want so desperately to redeem you.  Come to me, all who labor with heavy loads, and those burdened down with great guilt.  I will give you rest.”

He hasn’t changed.  He is still in the life-transformation business.  He still wants to love you and receive you without reservations.

Perhaps, today is your day to make the turn toward Him. 

Hope Encouragement Inspiration

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