Jesus can revolutionize your life and world view. The idea of grace in its fullness characterizes the very nature of Jesus and changes our concept of the worth of humanity. Our world view in the past has been filtered through religion, which tainted our ability to accept those that would not qualify to be a part of our family. All the while hoping that the outcast and the freaks would conform to our image so that we would be more comfortable with them among us. After all we don’t want that kind of person to representing us, right? How ugly is that, how sad, bland, boring and comfortable.
In the old covenant only the high priest could go into the holy of holies in the presence of God. The high priest were the very upper crust, the closest to perfect that existed. They were the only ones worthy to even attempt to meet with God and even they would drop dead if they did not fully qualify. How frightening, how intimidating, how confident, how self assured would you have to be to attempt a journey into the presence of God?
The magnificent exchange was that the very God that the high priest feared, the God that reigned down manna from heaven and whose presence lived in the form of Shekinah glory behind the veil had a plan all along to come to us. To go to the darkest places and the deepest earth to identify with us. The very God we feared became one with those who would never qualify. Because what we failed to admit is that no matter how hard any of us try, none of us can ever qualify. It is only by grace through faith in this man Jesus Christ.
So you see, it’s not a matter of qualifying to get to God, it’s a matter of God qualifying to get to us. Who am I to disqualify anyone? Who am I to claim Christ death returns insufficient on anyone’s behalf. God wanted us all along. He wanted us to admit our dependence on him all along. So if you are an outcast, freak or classified weirdo Jesus came to you, identified with you and brought you freedom, grace, and love. Not freedom from who you are, but freedom from having to be who you’re not. We are all dependent on him, we require him, we thirst for him and in him we find our life. Run to him, don’t be afraid!
Hebrews 4:14-16, Romans 5:8, 2 Corinthians 12:9, 2 Corinthians 5:19, Ephesians 3:19
“It I Was 21 Again”
If I was 21 again I’d tell myself to laugh/
I’d stop and smell the roses and even tip a glass/
If I was 21 again I’d give myself time to grow/
I’d love without the guilt and those I love would surely know/
If I was 21 again and all I had was time/
I’d go to Napa Valley and learn to love fine wine/
But I’m not 21 again the truth is I’m 42/
And I wouldn’t change a thing because I’ve spent my life with you!
Wynema Clark 4/10/2013
“The State Of Mind You’re In”
Walking among the lowly, dragging your lovely feet
there is no excuse for your appearance of defeat.
You wake-up every morning to the dream of those without
Yet you complain it’s not enough and you’re condemned to simply doubt.
What if where you are is the place to find your peace?
What if what you have is the shelf on which they reach?
What does that say about the state of mind you’re in?
What if you reached the mountain and you were just back here again?
Wynema Clark 4/4/2013