Monday, October 24, 2011

Walking With God: Long Term, Long View

Our relationship with God is not based on any single thing that we do in our day to day existence. We make a mistake. We sin. We do not pray or read our Bible. We do read, but we develop an idea that is so far away from what God thinks, that the only connection to Christianity it has is that it began with the Bible.

He is our Father. And he is in it for the long haul. We will have successes. We will do things that cause us to take two steps back. We will hear him crystal clear. We will have his message so mucked up and garbled that we will be clueless. It does not matter. He is in it for the long haul.

70-80 years when compared to eternity is a blink of an eye. And he is in it for the long haul. He will continue to teach. He will continue to promote the transformation of one of his children far, far down the corridors of time.

It is not our responsibility to maintain God's glory. We do not need the answer to every question. We do not need to be perfect.

We do have our part. We should try to remain as connected to him as possible. We should co-operate with him in his transformation. We should partner with him in his mission. But it does not depend on us alone. We are one part of his body. And he certainly is a free agent, able to choose and take action on his own behalf.

We are justified. This means the book listing all our crimes -- our harsh words, selfish actions and hateful thoughts -- has been closed, stamped paid in full and filed away where it will never be seen again. This God who knows everything says he has forgotten those crimes.

But we are not perfect yet. And it is his delight to move us along toward perfection. To restore us in living like we should be living. And he is patient. This process highlights his glory too. So, he wants to do it right. And he is in it for the long haul.

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