Misconception: I Gotta Get Right with God by Angela written on 8/23/14
The emphasis in the title is on the “I.”
I laid down last night to go to sleep and I was praying and listening out for the Lord to speak as different questions and thoughts came to me. I was thinking about how we should make sure that we are right with God or stay close to Him. I think a lot about this. Thank You Lord that You have increased the desire in me for more of You and to seek You. Along this journey of faith I am finding out that this really is a work of the Lord. The more I rest in Him and stop trying to make things happen, the more He moves and works in me and around me.
There are certainly things that we must choose to do. First and foremost, I know that in my heart I must choose Jesus. I must choose to talk to Him and spend time with Him and choose to seek Him as Lord of my life. I know that if I am not concerned about Him or whether He would approve of what I am doing or thinking, then I am on the road to heartache.
Let me go ahead and put down what it is that I felt I heard Him say in my spirit.
“You don’t get right with God. You are made right with God.”
Get right with God? What do you have to do to get right with God? You don’t have to do anything to get right with God except for choosing to accept what He did to make you right with Him and then walk in that new life and accept who you are in Christ and walk in it.
For me, this was kind of a dah dah dahhhhhhhhh moment. You know? Because I still fall into that thinking that if I would or could just do this or do that then I would be closer to God or be better or do better and be more blessed or more spiritual or more useful or more acceptable.
I also sometimes fall into that thinking of if that person would just do this or do that, then, they would be better, be more OK, be closer to God, be more useful, be more blessed, be more acceptable.
Is this wrong? Is it wrong to think that if we would just do this or that then we would be more loved by God? Is it wrong to think that if that person would just do that thing or this thing then they would be better off, happier, more at peace?
If we are thinking that we can be more saved by doing any certain thing – then yes that is wrong! If we think we can get more salvation or keep salvation better by doing anything of our own power or strength, then yes – that is wrong.
However – if we want to do better, be better, live better – and overall have more of God…
There are choices that we need to make in order to walk closer to Him.
Another point to consider is what makes up our idea of what is better or what is being blessed?
If our idea of a better life or being more blessed is based on the world’s standards, then we are basing our idea of what will make us fulfilled, satisfied and happy on the wrong things. If more of the world will make us happier, then we are not that close to Jesus at all. Seriously. Really. I mean, we are told that we are not of this world. We are told to be in the world but not of the world. We are told not to conform to the pattern of this world. We are told that friends of the world are enemies of the Lord. Right? We are told that if we love the world then we do not love the Lord because no man can serve two masters, he will love the one and hate the other. If more money, a bigger house, a nicer car, more toys, a better spouse, better behaved children or any other thing will make us happier or feel better about ourselves then we are looking in all the wrong places my friends.
So, then, if we don’t get right with God but we are made right with Him through Jesus – then what does this mean? It means that Jesus paid the price once and for all for all of our sins. He took our punishment. He also died our death. He took all of our guilt and shame. He bore it on the cross. He took every gruesome sinful thought and deed and He paid the price for all of them in His body. He was beaten, scorned, mocked, insulted and crucified for us. He took the chastisement for our peace. He shed His blood to make us whole. He said that “it is finished” on the cross because He had paid it all. Jesus paid it all. The curse of sin and death has been broken my dear brothers and sisters. We can enter into His rest. We do not have to struggle and strive any longer, the veil has been torn! It is time for all things to be brought under the authority of Jesus Christ.
Don’t get right with God; allow Him to make you right with Him.
God bless you and have a blessed day!
Scriptures to meditate upon in regard to resting in Christ’s finished work on the cross are found in Hebrews, especially in chapter 4:1-11
Added 10/4/14: The whole point of this is that the emphasis should be on giving up our control and surrendering to the Lord. He is gonna work in us to fulfill His plan for us. One reason this revelation came to me, in order to change my mindset, I believe is that we have been struggling to “do better” with all of our might and we still were struggling. When we surrender to Jesus we don’t have to struggle so much.
Just like the song says:
In Christ alone my hope is found,
He is my light, my strength, my song;
this Cornerstone, this solid Ground,
firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
when fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My Comforter, my All in All,
here in the love of Christ I stand.
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