Not long ago, I read in 2 Samuel 7 about how overwhelmed David became when he realized the value and responsibility God had placed on him and his family. He asked, “Who am I and what is my family that you have brought me this far?” I’ve asked that same question and I bet you have too. God’s blessings overwhelm me at times and always humble me. Just about every week as I sit here writing to you, I ask myself, “Who am I to be saying anything to anybody?” But then, God always leads me to 1 Peter 2 where He reminds all of us, “You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”
That’s it! We are all called to declare God’s praises for redeeming us out of the pit – and, dear friend, please know that if you belong to this holy nation of God’s people you ARE redeemed. You have been set free! But, great responsibility rides the wings of freedom. We are to share all God has done for us and through us with everyone we meet by way of the gifts we’ve been given. For me, it’s easiest to share God’s blessings through my writing, but He’s been challenging me to grow. He wants me to use my spoken words more often. That’s not so easy for me. But then, God never wants us to stop growing, does He?
Paul says it best in Romans 8. This is The Message translation. Read it slowly and let it soak in on this day after Memorial Day. (A very special thank you goes out to all our armed services who protect our opportunity to openly share God’s message of true freedom.)
“This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike “What’s next, Papa?” God’s Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are. We know who he is, and we know who we are: Father and children. And we know we are going to get what’s coming to us—an unbelievable inheritance! We go through exactly what Christ goes through. If we go through the hard times with him, then we’re certainly going to go through the good times with him!” (v. 15-17)
“So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose? If God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn’t gladly and freely do for us? And who would dare tangle with God by messing with one of God’s chosen? Who would dare even to point a finger? The One who died for us—who was raised to life for us!—is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us. Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture: They kill us in cold blood because they hate you. We’re sitting ducks; they pick us off one by one. None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us.” (v. 31-39)
I don’t know how things on the internet “go viral”, but you could help this message along by sharing it. Not because I want you to, but so that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.