GOD OTHERS

BE RECONCILED TO GOD, BUT WHY?

IN MY LAST POST I TALKED ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF UNITY WITHIN THE CHURCH.

TODAY I’LL SHARE A FEW THINGS THAT I BELIEVE MUST TAKE PLACE IN ORDER FOR THE CHURCH TO BECOME MORE UNIFIED.

GOD CALLS US TO IS RECONCILIATION WITH HIM FIRST AND FOREMOST.

HOW?

THROUGH BELIEVING THAT WE’RE SINNERS AND JESUS IS THE SAVIOR WHO CAME TO LIVE, DIE AND RAISE SO THAT WE COULD HAVE A RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD, OUR CREATOR. 

THAT’S WHERE IT BEGINS. 

I KNOW WHEN I FIRST STARTED LIVING MY LIFE THROUGH WHAT JESUS DID, I FELT LIKE I NEEDED TO GET MY ACT TOGETHER.

THAT WASN’T THE TRUTH.

THE TRUTH WAS THAT JESUS SAID FOR US TO COME TO HIM IF WE’RE  TIRED AND CARRYING HEAVY BURDENS BECAUSE HIS BURDEN IS LIGHT, MEANING THAT WHAT WAS “EXPECTED” OF ME WASN’T A LIST OF THINGS I NEEDED TO CHECK OFF.

IT WAS A MATTER OF ME BELIEVING THAT WHAT JESUS DID FOR ME WAS ENOUGH (HIS GRACE IS SUFFICIENT), AND THAT HE’D TAKE CARE OF THE REST.

ONCE THAT’S DONE AND WE BELIEVE, WE WALK BY FAITH AND TRUST THAT GOD’S GOT US. 

I KNOW! SOUNDS SO SIMPLE RIGHT? BECAUSE IT IS!!

SO BEFORE YOU THINK YOU HAVE TO TIDY UP BEFORE YOU COME TO JESUS, HE’S ALREADY SEEN THE INSIDE OF YOUR “HOUSE” AND WANTS TO DO THE TIDYING UP FOR YOU IF YOU JUST ALLOW HIM TO.

REVELATION 3:20 SAYS “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.

JESUS WON’T COME BARGING IN. 

HE’LL COME IN IF WE ANSWER THE DOOR AND WELCOME HIM IN, BUT HE’S PATIENTLY WAITING AND KNOCKING.

RECONCILIATION WITH OTHERS

WHAT I’VE COME TO REALIZE IS THAT IF MY RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD ISN’T RIGHT, NO OTHER RELATIONSHIP IN MY LIFE WILL BE RIGHT. 

WHEN I RECONCILE WITH GOD (BECAUSE WITHOUT JESUS, THERE AIN’T NO WAY I’M GETTING TO GOD), THINGS START CHANGING. 

THIS IS TYPICALLY THE PART IN A BRAND NEW CHRISTIAN’S FAITH WHERE THEY THROW IN THE TOWEL.

BUT WHY?

BECAUSE IT BECOMES SEEMINGLY HARD, AND I’D AGREE THAT IT SURE AS HECK AIN’T EASY.

WHY DOES IT SEEM SO HARD THOUGH?

BECAUSE THERE’S A LITERAL TRANSFORMATION GOING ON DEEP INSIDE THAT ONLY YOU AND GOD KNOW ABOUT. 

IT’S A WHOLE MAKEOVER THAT JESUS IS TAKING CARE OF INSIDE OF YOU WHILE YOU TRUST HIM, HEAR HIM THROUGH READING THE BIBLE AND TALKING TO HIM THROUGH PRAYER. 

ASK ANYONE WHO’S RENOVATED A HOME… IT’S A LOT OF HARD WORK AND IT DOESN’T HAPPEN OVERNIGHT.

WHEN IT’S HAPPENING THOUGH, YOU START NOTICING CHANGES IN YOUR MINDSET, YOUR HEART, YOUR MORALS, AND ALL OF THAT, EXTENDS TO OTHER PEOPLE. 

WHEN WE ALLOW JESUS TO DO THIS RENOVATION, OTHERS START SEEING A DIFFERENCE IN US. 

NOT ONLY THAT, WE START FEELING LIKE WE NEED TO START MAKING MENDS WITH PEOPLE. 

WE START WANTING TO RECONCILE, TREAT OTHERS BETTER AND SHARE WITH THEM ABOUT OUR RENOVATION!

I THINK THIS CONCEPT IS SUCH A MIND-BLOWER BECAUSE THIS IS SERIOUSLY ONLY SOMETHING GOD CAN MAKE HAPPEN.

IT’S GONNA BE DIFFICULT, AND THERE WILL BE TIMES WHERE IT’D SEEM EASIER TO JUST WALK AWAY.

BUT CONSIDER THIS, JESUS COULD BE DOING THIS MAKEOVER TO SIMPLY USE YOU TO REACH ONE OTHER PERSON.

ARE WE REALLY GOING TO GIVE UP BECAUSE IT TEMPORARILY HURTS AND IS DIFFICULT? 

WHAT ABOUT THAT PERSON GOD WANTS TO REACH THROUGH US?

WHAT TO DO AFTER BEING RECONCILED

THROUGHOUT THE BIBLE, WE READ ABOUT HOW FAITHFUL GOD WAS TO A PEOPLE WHO WERE NOT PERFECT BY ANY MEANS.

SOMETHING THAT I NEEDED TO UNDERSTAND AND REALLY, TRULY WORK THROUGH WAS THIS IDEA THAT I HAD TO HELP GOD DO WHAT ONLY GOD COULD DO.

LET ME EXPLAIN….

YES, THERE ARE CERTAIN THINGS THAT WE NEED TO CHOOSE TO DO… THAT’S WHAT FREE WILL IS.

BUT THE BIBLE TELLS US THAT WE ARE TO CAST OUR CARES ON HIM BECAUSE HE CARES FOR US

THAT WE’RE TO TRUST HIM IN ALL THINGS, AND THROUGH PRAYER AND SUPPLICATION MAKE OUR REQUESTS KNOWN TO HIM.

HE WANTS US TO GIVE HIM ALL THE THINGS WE’RE WORRIED ABOUT.

AFTER DOING A LOT OF READING OF THE BIBLE, I’VE NEVER ONCE READ ANYTHING WHERE HE SAID, “I’M GOING TO DO THIS BASED OFF OF YOU DOING THAT”. 

GOD DIDN’T TELL THE ISRAELITES, “FIGURE IT OUT WHILE I JUST STAND OVER HERE AND WATCH.”

THE ONLY TIME IT SEEMS LIKE GOD MIGHT BE TURNING HIS FACE AWAY IS WHEN THE PEOPLE DISOBEYED AND TRIED DOING THINGS THEIR OWN WAY.

NOW, I’VE HAD MANY CONVERSATIONS ABOUT THIS AND IT’S REALLY SADDENING TO HEAR SO MANY BELIEVERS TODAY WHO SAY, “WELL I GOTTA DO THIS IN ORDER FOR GOD TO DO THAT.”

WE HAVE A SMALL PART IN WHAT GOD HAS PLANNED, I THINK HALF THE TIME, WE GET THAT SMALL SOMETHING MIXED UP…

WE THINK THAT GOD WILL ONLY PULL THROUGH BECAUSE WE DID SOMETHING “RIGHT”.

THAT’S NOT TRUE. GOD’S PLAN WILL PLAY OUT WITH OR WITHOUT OUR PART.

WE’RE JUST CALLED TO BELIEVE IN JESUS, AND WALK BY HIS LEADING AND DIRECTION.

HE’LL BE THE ONE TO LEAD AND GUIDE US WHERE WE NEED TO GO.

GOD WANTS US TO TRUST AND BELIEVE HIM BECAUSE HE HAS THE BEST PLAN FOR EVERYTHING!

HE ALSO WANTS TO MAKE SURE THAT WE AREN’T BOASTING IN OUR OWN CAPABILITIES APART FROM HIM, BUT ONLY BOASTING IN HIM AND GIVING HIM THE GLORY!

OUR AIM AT THIS POINT IS TO SHARE WITH OTHERS ABOUT THE THINGS JESUS IS CHANGING INSIDE OF US.

THINGS THAT WE COULDN’T EVEN IMAGINE COULD BE CHANGED IN US.

THIS IS HOW THE DOMINO EFFECT TAKES PLACE.

WE SHARE WHAT JESUS IS DOING BY THE WORD OF OUR TESTIMONY.

SO LET IT BE KNOWN, HOW YOU WERE RECONCILED, HOW IT’S CHANGED YOU AND LET THE LORD DO THE REST!

MORE ABOUT RECONCILIATION HERE IN A DEVO FROM PROVERBS 31 MINISTRIES.

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO BE RECONCILED TO GOD? WHAT HAPPENS AFTER WE RECONCILE? HOW DOES THIS HELP TO UNITE THE CHURCH? WHAT DO WE DO NEXT?

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