People will never be satisfied with you the way you are, and neither is God

                Welcome to my suspiciously titled post. It seems that no matter what we do, what stance we take politically, or what have you, the gremlins of social media will never be happy with us because they will always have some questions for us. Why don’t we support such and such cause, why don’t we denounce such and such group? These people will always want us to be taking their side or give them what they want to hear. They want to mold us into their selfish image for multiple reasons, be it needing to be always right, needing an echo chamber, not standing the idea of an opposing viewpoint, etc. Some of you may be expecting me to say that God is the same way and is the reason he pursues us and sends those awful door to door ministers to talk to you about Him, but you would be misguided. It is true that God pursues us, but he does not do it out of a selfish megalomania. God pursues us out of His infinite love and desire for fellowship with His creation. God tells us that we should worship no one but Him, that He is a jealous God. I don’t think that means that He is implying some form of punishment on us, but that He is our Creator, and our purpose is to worship him through our lives and that through that worship and fellowship through him will we find the ultimate pleasure and satisfaction here and in eternity.
                However, we are a broken and fallen race. Ever since Eve, then Adam, partook of the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil, disobeying God’s command and bringing sin, darkness, and death into God’s good creation, we have seen that sin and evil multiply, even as man has “advanced”. God’s desire is for us to be holy, as He is holy, and as we are now we cannot achieve that, and are deserving of the death sentence that is placed upon us for breaking the moral laws that the highest lawgiver has written. In His holiness and justice, God would be justified in condemning us where we stand. But take hope, because our God is a God of love and a God of mercy, and in that mercy He has provided us the person of Jesus, God the Son, that he would take on our punishment, and fulfill the justice that is required of a just and all powerful God, but yet would show God’s love and mercy on us. All that Jesus asks is that we accept this sacrifice, and turn from our sin and seek over God’s righteousness. Jesus had this command to many of the people that He ministered to recorded in the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. God loves us and wants fellowship with us, but because of who God is, He cannot be in the presence of sin, lest it be eradicated by His perfect holiness. If we are in that sin, then we too would be eradicated in the presence of God. Much like the prophet Isaiah said, “woe to me for I have seen God and I am of unclean lips”. However, the angel brought a coal and touched it to Isaiah’s lips, purifying him. In this same way, we are covered in the blood of Christ, and should turn from our wickedness and follow the example Jesus himself laid out before us. The instant we accept this salvation, we are cleansed, but there is more to be done. We are called to not sit on this light, but to go out and to make disciples of all nations, to the ends of the Earth. We also see that our sinful flesh will try to bring us back to our sinful ways, because they are comfortable. We must resist this and pick up our cross daily and die to self and live in Jesus. As any Christian would tell you, this path is one that you walk for the rest of your life, to allow God’s work in us to transform us into new creations. At the end of this life, knowing we are covered in the grace that was bought with the blood of Jesus, we will hear a phrase that Christians long to hear from our Heavenly Creator “well done my good and faithful servant, welcome home”.

                Probably a little more preachy that I have been in a while, but I feel that this message resonates with what I feel in my current life situation. I have found myself seeking after my own goals and the goals of others, and not finding satisfaction. How easy it is to forget that I am already paid for, and that God’s grace is sufficient for my needs. If you want to talk more about the grace of God, either as a brother or sister in Christ or as someone who is seeking the truth, then I am more than happy to do so through this platform or the Facebook page. I pray for our country, our people, and our world, that those who would seek God would find him and find the salvation offered through His Son, Jesus. God bless and have a good rest of your day. 

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