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The Seeker

I heard a story once about a seeker who wanted to learn the most important life lesson. He interviewed people from many walks of life and collected a great wealth of knowledge, but none had a convincing statement for what the most important life lesson is. Finally, the seeker heard about the wisest man in all the world who lived on a mountaintop in a distant land. So the seeker set out on his journey to find this wise man and learn the most important life lesson.

The seeker climbed the mountain, found the wise man and asked, “What is the most important lesson in life?” The wise man gave the seeker a pillow. Perplexed, the seeker asked the wise man, “What is this pillow for?” The wise man told him, “Open the pillow and scatter the feathers on the wind.” The seeker tore open the pillow, threw the feathers into the wind and watched them fly away in all directions until he could see them no more. Then the seeker turned to the wise man and asked, “What should I do now?” The wise man said, “Now go, gather all the feathers up again and place them back into the pillow.” The seeker, frustrated by now, said, “That’s impossible!” The wise man said, “So it is with your words. Once they have been uttered, it is impossible to gather them back up again.”

Proverbs 18:21 "The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences."

I Get Down Sometimes...

I consider myself to be a positive person. A "cup half-full" type of thinker. Still, I must admit, I get down sometimes. When I do get down, that's when the complaining starts. I'm not happy with the weather, my job or traffic. The problems always have to do with something or someone else - certainly not my fault! But I'm getting better at recognizing the symptoms and I get quicker to ask God to forgive my ungratefulness. I don't have to look very far around me to realize that I actually have a very blessed life. I don't need to look very far outside of this country to realize that as a nation we are very blessed. I have a lot to be thankful for.

I have learned that a very healthy mental exercise is to occasionally put pencil to paper and write a list of everything I am thankful for. My God and my salvation are always at the top of that list. My family and our health. My job, a car to get around, a house to call home. Pretty soon I see a pretty long list! I do not want to have an ungrateful attitude toward God when He has blessed me so very much.

Psalm 103:1-5 "Let all that I am praise the Lord; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name. Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies. He fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagle’s!"

Identification

The modern view of the death of Jesus on the cross is that he died for my sins out of sympathy. However, the New Testament view is that He died on the cross not because of sympathy, but because of identification. What I mean is, Jesus lived a sinless life. But for those brief hours on the cross he took all my sins onto Himself. He was made to be sin - my sin. The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23). Since I have sinned, I deserve to die. The only way around this is by someone offering to pay my penalty for me, to be my replacement. My sins are removed because of the death of Jesus and the explanation of this is obedience to His Father, who loves me that much.

I am acceptable to God not because I have obeyed or I have promised to give things up. I am acceptable to God because of the death of Christ and no other way. The wages of sin are death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ my Lord! That Jesus died for me so I can get off scot-free is not taught in the New Testament. What is taught in the New Testament is that he died for all and that by identification with His death I can be free from sin.

2 Corinthians 5:21 "For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ."

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