Thursday, April 23, 2009
Don't forget to read the small print
22 Yet for Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. (Psalm 44:22)
The small print on a contract are all the conditions that we don't read until something goes wrong. We then frantically read that stuff, hoping for a way out.
Such is the life of a disciple of Jesus Christ. We are enticed by: the promise of sins forgiven, unspeakable joys in being saved, and life starts over with heaven as a destination. Then things begin to fall apart, and God doesn't seem to answer our prayers, stuff happens, and life is not all beers and skittles.
This is when we pull out the fine print. And the fine print states:
"Unless a grain of wheat falls in the ground, and dies, it abides alone."
"Unless you take up your cross daily, and come follow Me, you cannot be My disciple."
"If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple."
Sin is so wicked and deceitful that there is no alternative to death. The soul of the sinner must die. Our body of death must be laid in the grave. Without a Saviour none of us has any hope because all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
Our hope, as Christians, is that because Jesus was raised from the grave, so we too shall be raised in Him. We will not experience that glorious resurrection until we have experienced the necessary death; death to our own plans, death to our own abilities, death to our own capacities and strengths; death to our own selfish lives. In our death, Jesus is then able to live His glorious life through us. He, and He alone is the hope of salvation to the elect in the world.