Forgiveness, Theology

If there is a God…

Forgiveness is my “one thing.” When I rise, forgiveness is the first thing on my mind and often the last thing I think about at the end of the day. It has become the lens through which I view myself and the world around me. My daily need for forgiveness, as well as the expectation to offer it, no doubt grows out of my Reformed heritage and its focus upon God’s grace. Further, I ‘m sure close family members and friends wish I’d move on and talk/write about something else. In simplest terms, this post is the reason why  I won’t (or can’t) let go and why I hope to interest others.

Until my ONE thing is done, everything else is a distraction. -Gary Keller

The Uniqueness of Christianity

If there is a God, which I believe there is, and If  that God took flesh in Jesus Christ (if Christmas is true), which I believe it is, the question is Why? Why would the God of the universe choose to take flesh and dwell among the poor and pitiful souls that inhabit this world? The answer is given to his earthly father, Joseph, in a dream prior to Jesus’ birth, when an angel appeared to him, saying:

“and his name shall be called Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21

How does he save his people from their sins?

If Jesus was born for the singular purpose of “saving his people from their sins,” how does he accomplish this immeasurably difficult task?  The answer is: Through his sacrificial death on the cross, for the forgiveness of their sins. At the Last Supper, he said: “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins (Matt. 26:28).”

There is but one conclusion that can be drawn:  Forgiveness was, and is, his “one thing.” As a Christ-follower, I have made it mine.

For me, forgiveness is THE most important topic in the world. There is nothing more important to talk/write about.  Not politics. Not family. Not even “religion,” in its broadest terms. Nothing. Not even close.

As such, it will remain my heart’s devotion. Morning. Noon. And night. It is, quite simply, the Gospel.

What’s yours?

“Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also (Matt. 6:21).”