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Micah 7:18-19 

“…He does not retain his anger forever, because he delights in steadfast love. He will again have compassion on us; he will tread our iniquities underfoot. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.”

Our altar of repentance is the shore of a river that leads into an ocean; as we lay at this altar and pour out confession after confession of our sin, it falls into depths we cannot fathom, and we are clean – free from that sin.

This is grace – undeserved, beautiful, inconceivable grace.

 

Others-Centered

Sometimes I wonder if we would actually agree to follow Jesus if we fully knew and understood just what he wanted us to do. Our lives today look completely different than the life Jesus lived here on earth… we have different priorities. How can we say we want to follow him and be like him, when we turn around and live a life that screams so loudly something so different than what he commands?

Matthew 20:28 says:

“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Let’s take a moment to reflect on life for a minute. How many of us actually seek to serve before we seek to be served? Humans are anything but selfless servants by nature. In fact, our very nature without the Holy Spirit living inside of us is selfish. The whole reason Jesus had to die on the cross and rise again was so that God could send His Holy Spirit to live in and through us because we could not fulfill the righteousness of God on our own. The bible says that even the mere desire we have to follow Jesus and submit to Him comes from the Holy Spirit himself.

“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ – by grace you have been saved – …for by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”

Ephesians 2:4-9

It is when we take our eyes off of him that our views shift from being “Jesus-centered” and “others-centered,” to “me-centered.” It is when our focus shifts from seeking His will to seeking our will, that we become cold and so unlike the Jesus that roamed the earth  2000 years ago. If we truly desired to be more like Jesus, this life would be far less comfortable than what we have created it and made it out to be. 

“If  the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.”

-John 15:18-19

Let us remember our purpose. Let us remember the precious, perfect, humble Savior that we serve. Let us remember to make our dependency be on Him to give us the desire for goodness, humility, wisdom, and love. Not just for a moment, but every moment. Every moment of every day of our lives belongs to Him – after all, He is the one who allows us to live each moment that we do. Let’s give back what He’s given to us – and more.