Monday, September 29, 2008

Creative Salvation

Acts 17:25-27
25 Nor is He worshiped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things. 26 And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, 27 so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us;

I was just thinking about this thought, and i wanted to throw it out there, I hope it's not weird or heretical. Surely all of us have asked why me? Yet beyond that have you ever just looked back over you life, specifically the days of your unbelief, when you weren't saved? Ever looked back and been reminded of the many times God revealed Himself in small ways, perhaps times you were confronted by the gospel. Something you once said or heard as a child that you suddenly remembered. Even people that I know as well as myself have at first thought "nope nothing, never heard the gospel never this never that" and then one day you are reminded more of more of God's goodness to you while you were dead in sins. You might be reminded of some close calls with death that left you thinking "how did i get out of that, how did i live through that?", Maybe you look back thinking 'what stopped me from going this route of sin..'
All this to point out God's creative act in saving us, what i mean is that no testimony is the same, yes the same workings of the Spirit, by grace alone, through Christ alone but indeed it was unique. Why? I'm speculating here but it could very well be true, that God so ordained our salvation to be unique because He wants us to see how personal He is, how intimate His workings are. It's more narrow than 'God saves sinners' or 'God has saved a people', but even better 'God has saved me' "He looked upon me, He kept me, He restrained Me, He humbled me, He adopted me! Christ redeemed each one of us specifically,we aren't a group, we aren't numbers, we are children of His. Like children we each have a birthdate, we each have memorable 'firsts' ahhhhh what a thought, He is our father and he knows the very hairs of our head. God bless



This is truly beautiful. I know personally, and as your sister, that there were times when I look back and remember God's provision for us even when we didn't know Him. It is a constant reminder that "Christ died for us, while we were yet sinners..." He was there, always there, even in our muck and mire. Thank God for his drawing us even within an infinite, unfathomable, but intimate self!

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