For I know the plans I have for you, “says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11
We all began life in the same way, cocooned within the walls of our mother’s womb–placed there by Holy hands. God’s hands sculpting, molding, and forming every intricate detail of our being. Equipping us in every way to live out the story he wants to write upon our heart. For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. Psalm 139:13-16.
Holy hands wrote a story for each and every one of us to live out. Yet, we choose to write our own story. Why? It goes all the way back to the garden–we want to do it our way–our sinful nature. Inherited from first man and woman–none of us are exempt. When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. Genesis 3:6-7.
We are born into this sin-soaked world; innocent of this life, but not without our sinful nature. A miniature of our parents, beautifully crafted–the tiniest fingers and toes, skin smooth as silk, and a small, round head soft to the touch. Some of us are placed within waiting, expecting, loving arms. Others may be placed into arms where they are not wanted. The rest fall somewhere between loving arms and turbulent seas. However, there is one common thread that runs through all of us and that is that we were given to imperfect parents or caregivers (each with their own set of flaws). Flaws, baggage–sin nature–whatever name you give it, it all means the same thing…broken.
Yes, broken, just like the little individual that was placed within their arms. The only difference between the two is that one has just entered this sin-soaked world while the other has spent a number of years learning the ropes–acquiring more baggage.
Although, it is most unlikely that anyone wishes to pass their baggage on to someone else, the fact remains, that we do. Their baggage entangles with our own and it becomes a knotted mess–polluting our souls further. A vicious cycle which continues on generation after generation.
So where do we find hope?
The answer is quite simple. Christ! For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. John 3:15.
We came into this world separated from God, because of our sinful nature. A Holy God cannot look upon sin. Therefore He created a bridge that would bring us back into right standing with our Heavenly Father. That was Jesus and the cross. Our Savior, Jesus, took the punishment that should have been ours–dying on a cross. Jesus’ death on the cross bridged the gap between us and a Holy God. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16.
Grace…amazing grace! A free gift–undeserved–yet given freely. Such Love! Such Love! Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in sinful man, in order that the righteous requirements of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the sinful nature but according to the Spirit. Romans 8:1-4.
We must not stop here! We are to go into this dark, sin-soaked world and be salt and light to the lost. We are to be transformed into the image of God. The only way we can become like God is to know Him…really know Him. We should become like a sponge, saturating ourselves with His Word. Reading, studying, and meditating on the Bible. Memorize scripture–hide it in your heart. Pray–talk to the one who gave us eternal life. Praise, worship, and love Jesus for the wonderful Redeemer He is! When we are fully saturated with our Savior, perhaps, then we will begin to drip Jesus. Oh, what a hope! Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God–this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:1-2.
Jesus loved us so much that He was willing to die so that we might have life abundant. Praise God!
I hope this has been an encouragement to you!
Count Blessings, Kasey