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Only One risen Saviuor

Only One risen Saviuor
There is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved - Jesus

Thursday, 15 January 2015

God Only Listens To Good People???

A familiar passage but consider it now in the context of everything Paul has been talking about...
12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God."
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The problem with us is that we fall into one of two general categories: Jew (good) and Gentile (bad)
Ironically neither of these groups will come to God but for opposite reasons. The "good" religious group who are "holy" by birthright don't need God in any deep way because they are already "good".
The other group feels too "bad" to come anywhere near God. They don't fit in religion and feel condemned for all their "badness".
 
When I go back to my hometown invariably there is one person who will always make a comment along the lines of "Put in a good word for me with the Big Guy". Finally I clued in after a few years of these comments and I responded one day by saying "Why don't you talk to Him?" His response was immediate and genuine "He will listen to you, He won't listen to me".

 Translation: God only listens to good people and I am not a good person.
 
Think of all that Paul has said. All have sinned and fallen short. There is none good, no not one. God has no favourites. The good I want to do I don't do and the bad things I don't want to do, those things I do.
 
The truth is there are only two kinds of people in our imagination. The truth is we are all the same. We struggle to be what we wish we could be. We are broken and flawed. Some of us might hide it better or appear to have things more together but in our hearts we are all the same.
 
This is why Paul says "I beg of you because of His mercy come to Him. Come as you are. Bring yourself alive with all your lumps and bumps and give yourself to Him. It will be a holy offering because we have been washed and made clean in the blood of the Lamb. There is nothing between us and God. Jesus has removed the barrier.

 Clearly it does not mean to become holy and perfect before we come to God because the next verse talks about the transformation that will take place when we come. It is impossible to come anywhere near God and not be impacted and changed by His selfless love.
 
I often wonder how many people there are in the world who have a desire for God but are held back by an overwhelming sense of guilt. "God will listen to you but He won't listen to me." If you feel this way be assured it is not true. God has no favourites. Whoever includes you. There is nothing you have done or thought about doing that God has not already forgiven you for. He just wants you to understand His love and come Home.

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