Maddening

If I won the award for laziness, I would send somebody to pick it up for me.

If I had 10 cookies and you took half, do you know what you would have? That's right, a black eye and a broken hand.  

 

The reason some find the Christian faith maddening is because it sounds too good to be true.It is too simple.

They ask, “What’s the catch?”

We must remember to see things from heaven’s perspective. C.S Lewis sums it up nicely with these words:

“The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us.” 

That’s the point right there. Apart from anything we can offer—good or bad—the basic truth of the Christian faith is that He wants to be in relationship with us.

He desires us and loves us, even though we each come with one of those stickers you see on a used car that reads: “AS IS.”

He knows us – everything about us.
He takes us “AS IS.”

He knows our quirks.
And yes, we are all quirky.

He knows our strengths.
And yes, we all have them.

He knows our fears.
And yes, we each have things that make us toss and turn at night.

He knows our failures.
And yes, we have buckets of those.

We cannot do a thing to earn His love. We are pre-loved. It is His idea. It is not ours.

We are the pursued. He is the pursuer.

This love was first born in heaven and then sent to earth in the form of a child who became a man, who became our savior.

God has confirmed the excellence of His love for us by His choice of the messenger.

And Jesus tells Nicodemus that there is just one thing we can do to obstruct this courtship from heaven

We can ignore it:

 John 3:17-18 (NLT)
17 God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.
18 “There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son.

I love you all.
Go give em Heaven,

Pastor Scott