March 21, 2013

Up, Up and Away!

It is always so obvious why God has our groups headed in directions - but never as obvious as everything we have been taking a journey through with Good Friday on the horizon. 

God made sure He was stable and trustworthy.  He had to be able to love us without leaving.  He could not be limited to our ability to love. Otherwise, He would never have the joy of relationship.  Christ is the only one who will ever know the pain of having everyone, even His father abandon Him.  But He loved us anyway and didn't stop.  He could do this, because He trusted His father and His mighty love for us.  He understood, if He didn't, we would never be able to comprehend how life essential this one things is: Staying.

Say what you will about people, but you can get a whole lot wrong if you will just let people know beyond the shadows of doubt, they will still find you standing there.  Yes, things get icky, sticky and gooey as we wrestle with creature comforts, happiness and the things we must lay aside to properly care for our wife, husband and children.  But Christ died, rose and gave us the rights of His authority then settled right down in each of us to encourage us to pick up on how He can help. 


John 6: 60-67   On hearing it, many of his disciples said, “This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?”

Aware that his disciples were grumbling about this, Jesus said to them, Does this offend you? Then what if you see the Son of Man ascend to where he was before! The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you—they are full of the Spirit and life. Yet there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus had known from the beginning which of them did not believe and who would betray him. He went on to say, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has enabled them.”

From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him. "You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve.
 
 
Why do we run?
  • Because it's HARD! 
Why do we stay?
  • Because EVERYONE deserves to to be loved....no matter what! 
How can we stay?
  • By realizing how kind the Lord has been to you and me and putting away all evil, deception, envy and fraud. And stripping off anything that slows us down, holding us back and especially the sins that wrap themselves so tightly around our feet and trip us.
God doesn't leave us because He knows we are broken.  Instead, He sits down piece by piece and show us where a piece goes.  Then He uses His loving- kindness to mend the fractures.  But He doesn't leave once we are piece-milled back together and looking NICE!  He knows we will break apart again without Him.  So He sticks around for clean up on isle 9. 
 
All He desires is a reciprocating soul who commits to never leave Him or forsake Him.  Why?  Because leaving isn't an option for Him.....He made up His mind and will not change!  Isn't that superhero cool?
 
I want to love others like that; maybe I will even get a cape and leotard which says "Faithful and True" Because I want to be faithful to others and He who helps me do that is TRUE.
 
Up, Up and Away......;)
From Christ, to Me and You - Kisses,
Candace


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