Words from the Heart for Sunday March 26th, 2017
For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son.
Romans 5:10 (NLT)
Saved Through the Life of the Son
The Lord has not only provided eternal life for us, He also has made it possible to have a friendship with God. This is not a friendship among “equals.” He is the Mighty God. Yet, He longs for us to know Him and walk with Him. He has restored us to what He always intended when He created mankind. Draw near to Him; He’s waiting for you.
Just in time for Christmas last year, more than 100 dogs destined for butchers’ blocks in China found new homes in Canada thanks to Humane Society International (HSI). Executive director of HIS Canada told CTV news that she was ecstatic. She said, “When we found these dogs, they were at a dog meat festival.” They were crammed into rusty iron cages so tightly together that they couldn’t move. They were gasping for air. They had open wounds and sores all over their bodies. They were dehydrated, emaciated. It was clear they hadn’t had food for days.” Although the practice remains taboo in much of Europe, North America and the Islamic world, the consumption of dog meat is relatively commonplace, especially in Asian countries like China, Vietnam and South Korea.
Every single human being is in need of a Saviour. You can deny it to the end, but when the end comes, you will be left with your sin and shame and nothing you can do in your own strength and power to eradicate them from your life. The Bible is clear that all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. The Good News is that there is a Saviour and His name is Jesus. And the salvation He offers is far more than just a get out of hell free card. Listen to how the apostle Paul describes it in Romans 5:10: “For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son.” Our sin has divided us from our Creator God and our good works and striving to live well can do nothing to patch the rift between God and us. There is a wonderful sense of intimacy here. Paul uses the phrase “friendship with God.” Who can possibly imagine calling the Almighty Creator of the universe “friend?” Only through a relationship with Jesus the Saviour is this possible. Our friendship with God has been restored by His loving grace. But there is more. We are also empowered in this life by the life of Jesus in us. It is Him, dwelling in us that is the source of our intimacy with God and our empowering for holy living.
These have been words from the heart.