It came to my attention, while engrossed in a Bollywood romantic film, that when we approach Jesus our mentality is: “ok, do this for me and I promise you I’ll do this”.
Where do we come off thinking like this? I think we get the idea from our own human experiences, for at times this is how we have to deal with people, or so we believe. Compound this with our guilt at living life the way we want to instead of how we should, and here we have the root of why we feel the need to make deals with Jesus. We, me included, can not fathom the undiluted, graceful love that he pours out on our undeserving self.
None the less, we have it. We all have it, and there is no deal or promise that we can ever make with him to take all that we’ve done away. Which is why he said, as he hung on the cross bloodied and willingly and obediently suffering death for us; “It is finished”.
He did it, and all we need to do is accept it. I can never promise God something in exchange of something I desire, for I know myself enough to know that failure is lurking in the corner waiting for the right moment. That sounds horrible, so let me reiterate: I get in my own way. I just want to take what he offers freely, and I want to share it with others.
Some people can make promises to Jesus, by all means. But there is no need to barter, for all we need to do is accept and ask. He knows what’s best and does everything for our good.
Thank you Jesus, for listening to me and doing for me so much more than I could ever imagine.
Salvation is by GRACE alone, through Faith alone, in Christ alone. I desire this that you offer freely Jesus, even though I am often so selfish. It’s more than the guilt I harbor that speaks, but also the desire to be right with you. The desire to speak with you and share your light.