Surveying the Cross

When I survey the wondrous cross, my eyes can never seem to make it all the way to the top. Have you ever felt that way? Have you ever tried to fully understand what Jesus did for you almost 2,000 years ago and never quite get your mind too finish the equation? Consider for a moment all that you have done in your life, good and bad. Got it? Now factor that in with the one single verse which says, “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).

Because of God’s love for this world, He voluntarily gave His only Son so that at the end of your life, should you accept and believe in Him, you shall be able to spend eternity in Heaven.

Someone asked me once if I could ask God one question what would I ask — and my question is: “Why?” Why would God love me so much that He would send His Son to take my sins away and die? Why does everything in this world speak against who God is and yet He continues to give us His patience and mercy when we do not deserve it? Why does He love us without condition, even in the midst of all of our sin?

Considering all that God has done for me, I often have to ask what it is that I have done for Him in return. Has my life up till this point mattered? Have I made a difference for the Kingdom of God? Have I told everyone I can about the love of Jesus Christ and the forgiveness that He offers to all who believe? My heart is burdened today for those who continue to turn away; for those who continue to deny who He is; and for those who simply will not see the cross as the only way to Heaven.

Have you called upon Jesus? Do you need too? He is only a prayer away and waiting to hear from you, if you would only admit that you need Him.

An economic jaunt …

Just some random thoughts I had the other day …

Many have been discussing the economic status we are in and of course, blaming this person or that. Well …. even with the economy and unemployment rates 9 out of 10 people still have their jobs; but of course we would never see that on the news; only shots of the “job fairs” across the nation and the 20-somethings who really believed that hard-work was another way of saying “give me what I am owed”.

Truly, we have some real uphill struggles in this nation but I dont think it is all going to rest on the President’s shoulders. As a nation, we have to endeavor to take back what we have freely given away. How do we do so? Well, its not the popular answer but returning to the Lord (as in Joel, Chapter 2) would be a nice start. Second to that would be to elect a Congress who is going to fiscally responsible and stop giving themselves a pay raise tagged onto Child Support bills.

Although, I am sure that whole “wage freeze” initiative that the President initiated will somehow not apply to them. Third? I don’t know … but I’ve said it before and I will say it again: Once our lower-class American people stop waving the banner that they are “owed something” and take responsibility for their situations change might occur. Oh … to see the same spirit rise up in America that brought us OUT of the Great Depression.

Rather, we now have, “give me what is mine cause you kept me down, blah, blah, blah.” (I think you know where I am going.) IMO, we have a constant uphill struggle … but to change is really going to take asking oneself, “What am I willing to give up to have a better tomorrow?”