I want to be cleansed…

Have you ever thought of yourself as being “unclean?”

Most people don’t. Most people see themselves as “good” people. Most people do not understand how God see them.

If your life has not been reconciled back to God then you are “unclean” and “impure” in His sight because of your sinful nature.

A nature where your behaviors, personal interactions with others, the language you use, your thoughts and desires, what you worship and reverence is not of God. Therefore, you do not understand God’s requirements for righteousness.

The Bible tells a person that to achieve God’s righteousness you must have faith in Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

If you believe in Jesus Christ and the finished work He accomplished by dying on the cross at Calvary, and you receive Him in your heart as Lord and Savior of your life, then Christ’s righteousness will be imputed into your life and you will be made right with God and will be able to partake of His divine nature. You will receive the gift of eternal life; you will be forgiven and cleansed of all your sins; and you will be born again as a child of God.

If one does not do this then they remain in a state of “uncleanness” and “impurity.”

How would you feel if someone called you “unclean” or “impure” every time you were caught in a sin?  How would that make you feel? What if the word “disobedient” was replaced with the word “unclean” in our vocabulary as it pertained to violating God’s moral standards?  Would that facilitate a desire in you to refrain from continuing in sin? Would it move you to want to be “cleansed” from sin?

I am thankful for the blood of Jesus Christ that “cleanses” me from the guilt and shame of sin. I am thankful that I have accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.

How about you?

Eternal Directives…

The inspired Word of God is very specific about its directives to all born again believers in Jesus Christ.

In Matthew 28:19,20 we are directed to go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and to teach them to obey everything Jesus has commanded us.

In Mark 16:15 we are directed to go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.

In Luke 24:46-47 we are reminded that the Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning in Jerusalem.

Why is it then that there are so many born-again believers in Jesus Christ who pay more attention to “worldly” nonsense than to the “eternal” message of Jesus Christ?  Why are there so many believers who would rather “preach” a message of “abundant life” than the message of “repentance and forgiveness of sins”?

If not for the “cross of Christ” we would all still be lost, condemned, cursed and eternally separated from God.  This is the message that we are instructed to tell people; this is the message that brings hope into the life of every person wanting to be reconciled to God.  Why aren’t born again believers doing what the Lord has commanded them to do, now that they have received the gift of the Father’s grace?

Don’t be complacent because you are “saved” and “redeemed”.  Don’t be insensitive to the condition of those who are still “lost” and “separated” from God.  Walk in the shadow of the compassion that was shown to you by the Father and Jesus Christ; walk in the gratitude of the love that was demonstrated by Christ on the cross.  Pay more attention to the message that holds eternal consequences and less time on the messages of this world that have no significance.

Show the love for your neighbor by preaching to them their need for repentance so that they too may receive forgiveness of sins, eternal life, and redemption; and be more willing to teach them in the way of sanctification.

Remember: The Lord is not wanting for anyone to perish, but for everyone to come to repentance. (2Peter 3:8-9)