Sunday, January 21, 2007


"Most Christians are like a man who was toiling along the road, bending under a heavy burden, when a wagon overtook him, and the driver kindly offered to help him on his journey. He joyfully accepted the offer, but when seated, continued to bend beneath his burden, which he still kept on his shoulders. "Why do you not lay down your burden?" asked the kind-hearted driver. "Oh!" replied the man, "I feel that it is almost too much to ask you to carry me, and I could not think of letting you carry my burden too." And so Christians, who have given themselves into the care and keeping of the Lord Jesus, still continue to bend beneath the weight of their burden, and often go weary and heavy-laden throughout the whole length of their journey." Hannah Whitall Smith - The Christian's Secret of a Happy Life.

Hebrews 12:1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. NIV

God doesn't want us to be weighed down with burdens and thoughts of past sins. He came to deliver us - He delights in restoring our broken relationship with Him. How stubbornly we hold onto what we "deserve", forgetting that He paid the price on Calvary for our sins. So why is it so difficult for us to accept the grace that God so freely offers? Could it be because it doesn't make sense to us in our human limited minds? We don't forgive that how could God? And yet, even I, in my humanness, have no problem forgiving someone who is truly sorry for the mistakes they have made. Why would I think that God wouldn't forgive a truly repentant heart? Or is it that we have a hard time forgiving ourselves? Human pride keeps us from letting ourselves off the hook - we should have known better, done better, been perfect.

"The purpose of grace is not to make us perfect but to show us our need for a Savior, then show us the Savior we need, then create in us a burning desire to be more like Him. Jesus' life in us will become evident as we open ourselves to His grace, but in this life, our fallenness is interwoven with our humanness, and will be imperfect until we're home." Nancy Groom - From Bondage to Bonding.

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