First off, I must start by saying that I am the least perfect person you may ever meet. Despite what you may think and in spite of what you may read, I do not have it all together. There are many times throughout the day when I am awestruck at the wondrous grace of my Savior; that He would look upon me and call me, Blessed, Forgiven, and His Beloved. I owe my entire life to Him, and every good thing I have comes from Him, yet all that I possess is nothing compared to Jesus Christ in me.
Though I know I am safe in my Savior’s hand, that does not mean I am finished learning about the wonder of His Gospel and salvation. He teaches me so much of His truth through my own life experiences and even through mistakes I have made:
I learned the depth of His sacrifice and love when I went to see my sister, I learned that my role at camp needed to change when I stepped down a fire escape, and more recently, I have learned His patience and perseverance through forgetting to respond to an email.
At my church, I have a fairly new responsibility; creating the weekly church bulletin (the Body Builder, as we call it). Part of my responsibility is putting in announcements or messages emailed or texted to me from the elders at my church. This last week, I read a couple emails from elders, made sure to update the Body Builder, but forgot to respond to the emails saying, “Hey, I got this, I read it, and I have acted upon it.” Today, it really struck me how often we respond to God like that.
When we read His Word or listen to it being read, how often do we fail to respond? In our heads, we may think that the message was nice or inspiring, but we never actually talk with God, process through what we learned, and apply it to our lives. As for me, I did respond with action, but no one could have known until today. With God, action is a response that He hears, but there are many who do not respond in thought, word, or action. They read the message, but don’t reply.
It breaks my heart to know that there are so many people who remain unfazed by the wondrous grace of God, but since I fail and I am human, too, I can relate to their lack of response. I have been pursuing a relationship with Jesus since I was 14 years old, but apathy has too often played into that pursuit, bringing it to a slow crawl, or even to a complete halt. What feeds into apathy is laziness, a desire for comfort, and a hatred of uncomfortable change. But praise be to God that gravity, or even a hard heart, cannot keep Him from picking me up and showing me that running the race with endurance is worth the work, discomfort, and positive change.
After this, I will hopefully remember to respond to emails and messages, but more importantly, for whoever is reading this, if you have not responded to God’s message, I urge you to do that today. There is no time like the present to begin your eternity with the lover of your soul. Yes, you are imperfect in every way, just like me, but God has shown you His grace this day, and given you an opportunity to be His son or daughter. You do not have to earn His favor, or become better before you come to Him. He is the One Who makes you holy and takes away the hold of sin on your life. Be set free today; repent of your sin, and respond to the Word that God has written to you.
For God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved. He that believes on Him is not condemned, but he that believes not is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that does evil hates the light, neither comes to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that does truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God. John 3:16-21