Thursday, September 29, 2005

Show me

There have been times when I have told people about who Jesus is and
how He wants everybody to trust Him, and I've asked (and have been
asked before I trusted God) what it would take for you to believe. They
have said that they would need Jesus Himself to show up in the flesh
and tell them who He is. (I don't think I ever answered the question. I
was good at weaseling out of things like that.) And I'm certain that if
that were true, Jesus Himself would show up in an instant. It seems
like such a small task for Him. But then I thought some more and Jesus
did show himself to many and they did not believe. And knowing Jesus'
heart (since I study His Word and have long conversations with Him
Himself), I know that He wants everyone to believe and would show
Himself if that was all it was going to take. But he doesn't come back
in the flesh for two reasons. 1) because those who say they need to see
Him and touch Him to believe are liars, and will still not trust Jesus
even if He stood before them as a man before a man. And 2) He will show
Himself in the flesh one day and that day has not yet come. He is
waiting until the time is right.
But a note on people who say they will believe if God does this or
that. What makes you think that you are in a position to have God meet
you on your terms? He is God. You are not. He wants you, but you need
Him. Meet Him on His, they are more than fair.

God's terms:
Admit that you are evil. (This is just admitting the truth)
Admit that you are helpless. (So is this)
God sent Jesus (His only Son) to live on this earth and die on the
cross so that we would be made perfect and restored to the relationship
with God that we were created for.
Say this with your mouth and believe it with your heart.
Ask Jesus to be Lord of Your life
and mean it.

This will save you. The rest is about growing that relationship. And
that is a beautiful thing. Let me know if you want to know more.

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