There is one place I don’t want to go. I definitely don’t want to graduate from Smart-Mouth College. I don’t want God to give me a Masters or Ph.D. from there. No way. Other places I don’t want to be found? Sin Saloon and Dead-End Road.
Nope, I want to be excited about God’s word. I want to think on it, chew on it, all the time. Spending time with His word is what pleases Him.
How well God must like you—
you don’t hang out at Sin Saloon,
you don’t slink along Dead-End Road,
you don’t go to Smart-Mouth College.
Instead you thrill to God’s Word,
you chew on Scripture day and night. Psalm 1:1-3
Am I fooling myself? Sometimes, OK, a lot of the time, I say things that are nonsense. When I do, I am fooling myself. I am missing the mark for sure.
So, if I say I don’t miss God’s goal, I am a fool. I miss His goal for me all the time. Might as well fess up.
If we claim that we’re free of missing God’s goal for our life, we’re only fooling ourselves. A claim like that is errant nonsense. 1 John 1:8
“To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable”
I am sure those who had been with Jesus for a while had a hint of what was about to come. Jesus knew how to nail the real issues. Jesus knows that there is a such a thing as false confidence. It is not about what we do that gets us right with God. We need to come to Him with the awareness deep in our soul that there is nothing we have done to receive His gift of an absolutely pure relationship with God. We have missed the mark but Jesus didn’t. And those who are relying on good deeds will look down on others. Double whammy here.
Being religious is of no advantage. Looking down at others is useless. There is only one way to God. Jesus challenges us to see the way.
God is very good. Jesus came with good news. His gift to us that allows us to be friends with God is overwhelming.
Here is the rest of the story:
‘Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Minister (Pharisee) and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people–robbers, evildoers, adulterers–or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’ ‘But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’ ‘I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.’ Luke 18:9-14
That is it. That is the plan. That is the agreement my Father has with me. That is the agreement I have with those I know. That is the real deal.
You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love. The entire law is summed up in a single command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Galatians 5:13-15 NIV
King David knew the secret to preventing moral bankruptcy.
David treated his heart like a bank. He stored up God’s promises in the vault of his heart. It protected his heart from going bankrupt from his sin.
“I’ve banked your promises in the vault of my heart so I won’t sin myself bankrupt.” ~~King David (Psalm 119:11 The Message)
- Am I focused on staying on the right road? (mww1954.wordpress.com)
- “Up, God! My God, help me! Slap their faces, First this cheek, then the other, Your fist hard in their teeth!” ~~King David (mww1954.wordpress.com)
- The Reality of Revelry (elderyvesjohnson.wordpress.com)
God has a plan for us. He has a goal in mind. We miss it. That is so frustrating. We have good news though, Jesus has solved that problem for us. His sacrifice of death paid the penalty for us all. We all have a debt to pay to God for our rebellion. Jesus paid it for us.
“When he served as a sacrifice for our missing God’s goal (sins), he solved the sin problem for good—not only ours, but the whole world’s. ” ~~Apostle John (1 John 2:1 The Message)
- What happens when I miss God’s goal for me? (mww1954.wordpress.com)
- There Is Only One Way to Heaven-be Sure Are You Ready to Meet Him?are You Sure? (ioan17.wordpress.com)
- Impatience – the Biggest Temptation of All (readingremy.com)
- Rest in the City (yourjesusmind.com)
- Learning to See Blind (huntingforgod.wordpress.com)
God has a goal for us. He has one today. Will we hit the mark? Will we miss His goal?
If we do miss it, we have a friend sitting in the presence of God who has never missed it. He took our sin on Himself. He is like a priest advocating for us to God our Father. He sits right next to God. He is in right standing with God. He has solved the missing His goal (sin) problem for good.
Now this is good news for sure.
“But if anyone does miss God’s goal (sin), we have a Priest-Friend in the presence of the Father: Jesus the Messiah, righteous Jesus.” ~~Apostle John (1 John 2:1 The Message)
- The Church is Apostolic (orthodoxyandheterodoxy.org)
- Knowing Love (ising4god.com)
- Free to Feel Worthy (ptl2010.com)
- 8th Sunday after Trinity: The Wolves and Your David (deprofundisclamaviadtedomine.wordpress.com)
- Full Access (ising4god.com)
- Professional Speaking :: Jesus The Advocate (thepauls.wordpress.com)