God Does

Romans 8:30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.

Just a few verses earlier Paul declares we wait patiently but in verse 29 we are called to be predestinated “to be conformed to the image of his Son”. The sound of that seems to outshout the patience in us and for some strange reason we lose focus that it is God Himself that does the work. Verse 30 makes it clear that God does what is necessary to perform His promise towards us.

I sat through the teachings of enough name it and claim it advocates to understand the inherent dangers of trying to help God where our help only hinders the process. The story is as old as the Garden itself. Eve was told all she had to do to be like God was to know good and evil. Wrong. She walked with God daily and that was all that was needed.

Pay close attention to your personal relationship with God and God will do what God does best. He keeps His word and performs the promises He makes. We already read as much in Romans 4:24 by Abram’s example. “And being fully persuaded that, what God had promised, God was able also to perform.”

There is something about the impatience of humanity that cries out “I want what I want and I want it now.” It may be part of our survival instincts but when it comes to what God does for us and in us, it interferes with real progress.

It is only made worse by leaving our relationship with our heavenly Father in the hands of others. It is our relationship and we need to attend to it ourselves.

Amber Alert

Luke 24:1-3 Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them. And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre. And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus.

Here it is Easter morning and I am issuing an Amber Alert. Mary the Mother of Jesus is crying out, “My Son is missing. He is not where we put Him.”

There will be some who resent my attitude about today. That is okay, I resent calling this day Easter. I’ve struggled with it for decades. Research it all you want, it matters not what it was, why it was established or who celebrated for what purpose. It is my choice to look at the empty tomb and cry out “Have you seen Jesus? Do you know where He is right now?”

The answer to that Amber Alert should be millions upon millions of the faithful crying out; “I have Him. He is right here.”

This Resurrection Sunday. We celebrate that the tomb was empty because it meant that Christ does indeed have power over the grave. He kept His word and He will keep His promise.

What you call today doesn’t matter. What you are teaching your children and the lasting impressions on them does matter. Will they grow up looking for Easter Eggs or showing the world Jesus Christ?

I have found Him. He is here in my heart. Come get to know Him.