Monday, September 26, 2011
Today’s Topic: He Took Our Sins
Today’s Text: Isaiah 53:4 Surely He took our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered Him stricken by God, smitten by Him and afflicted.
I want you to read a testimony that was shared by a young woman in our church yesterday. This is why Jesus died!
In my past, I viewed God’s salvation much differently than I do now. Before, I saw this salvation as simply a nice thing to have. It was like a person who owned a car, the car being their “salvation”. A car makes a person’s life easier and more comfortable; people are capable of finding a taxi or walking or riding their bike to work/school, etc. A car only makes all of that easier. It’s not vital to the person’s existence, but it makes their life much easier. This is the way that I viewed salvation. Growing up, my parents did their best to make sure I went to church and that I had Christian friends so that I would be able to experience God’s love the way that they had. I lived a nice life growing up under these standards, but I did not think that having God in my life was vital. This is when I discovered that the world is a fun place to explore, and I indulged myself in fun things of the world. I saw no harm in any of it, as I was still exceeding at school and work.
Exactly when I thought I had my whole future under control is when everything seemed to fall apart. I did not understand at the time that this was because I am not in control of my life; God has a very specific plan for me. Part of his plan is that I surrender my whole self to Him. This last year I tried to make God an addition to what I could already do for myself. I was partaking in worldly pleasures to make myself “happy” and then I would occasionally go to church to “make God happy” as well.
It wasn’t until that day in March that I realized God was knocking on the door of my heart asking me “do you want to get well?” I realized it on this day because this is when I found out that I was pregnant. When I found out, I didn’t know what I was supposed to do. I had not factored this into my future that I had such control over before, and certainly this was not a situation I had ever pictured myself in before. Not only was I shocked, being that I am single I hadn’t felt more alone in my whole life. And so God knocked on the door of my heart again and asked me “do you want to get well? If so, I have a gift for you!”
For the first time in my life, God revealed himself to me in a way he never had before. He was reaching out to me, a meek sinner who had never given him the time of day before. He showed me that even though I had sinned against him, He could turn it into something beautiful. All I had to do was take one step towards him and he came running the rest of the way to me. God took my sins that I was holding onto and showed me grace. I realized that having the salvation of Jesus Christ is not a good addition to your life – it is vital to your existence. My life means nothing without God as the center.
Ever since I surrendered my future and my whole being to God, my relationship with Him has grown so much. Every day I marvel at His grace that he has given to me. He has never been so evident in my life before and I’m amazed at the blessings he has given to me. I thank Him every day for this church and the meaningful relationships I am building. And now, I’m carrying a lifetime reminder of His grace that made me well when everything was falling apart.