to glorify God... one thought at a time

to glorify God... one thought at a time

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Goodness Grace-ious

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control; against such things there is no law." Galatians 5:22-23

Good fruit is always nice. There is nothing worse than biting into a juicy red apple and your teeth sinking into a soft brown mushy mess. Can I get a YUCK? The fruit looked to be good, however, deep down where it counts, it was far from good. Well my friends, it's the same story with us. We can look good on the outside, actually with botox and some new clothes, we can look as good as we want to. Unfortunately, it's not the outside that counts. God sees us from under the skin, He knows if our fruit is rotten. But I always thought I was good. What is goodness anyway?

Goodness means the quality of being good. So is this how we get to heaven? Hmmmmmm, this is what I always thought. If I do good, I will work my way into heaven. Fortunately, that couldn't be further from the truth. I say fortunately simply because, I am not good. Romans 3:23 says "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God," Verse 24 goes on to say "and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus." Ephesians 2:8 says "For it is by grace you have been saved through faith-and this not from yourselves, it is a gift from God-not by works, so that no one can boast."

What the heck does this mean? Long story short: We were born bad, which is called original sin. I know it doesn't make sense, we didn't do anything as newborns. The sin is from Adam and Eve, it is on man, and you guessed it, we are man. Anyway, because there is sin, we need to be cleansed of it to have communion with God. In order to be cleansed, there needs to be a sacrifice, the shedding of blood to wipe that sin. John 3:16 says that God loved us so much He gave up His Son. It says if we believe in His Son, we will have eternal life. Jesus was the ultimate sacrifice, He shed His blood and died for our sins. If we acknowledge Him, we will be saved from damnation and go to heaven. Still not making sense?

Ok, let's say that we are a pan. Our sin is bacon grease and for this example we will say that God is Dawn dish detergent. If you don't think I'm too crazy keep reading. Have you ever seen a pan soaking after cooking bacon in it. If you add the dish soap to the pan of water and grease, the dish soap moves far away from the grease, it simply can't touch it. So how do we clean the pan if the soap won't go near the dirty grease? That's were Jesus comes in, for sake of the example, He will be the sponge. The sponge took on all the grease and allowed the detergent to be able to touch the now clean pan.

Well I pray that if your sink is full of dirty dishes, you will let Jesus to do the work for you. Just soak in the promise of His love for eternity.