Live Loved

God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise.

~ 1 CORINTHIANS 1:27

Remember Who Holds You The act of conversion is a humbling one. We confess sins, beg for mercy, bend our knees. We let someone lower us into the waters of baptism. We begin as self-effacing souls. Timid children who extend muddy hands to our sinless God. We relate to the thief on the cross, identify with David’s forgiven adultery, and find hope in Peter’s forgiven betrayal. We challenge Paul’s claim to the chief-of-sinners title, wondering if anyone could need or treasure grace as much as we do.

We come to God humbly. No swagger, no boasts, no “all by myself” declarations. We flex no muscles and claim no achievements. We cup sullied hearts in hands and offer them to God as we would a crushed, scentless flower: “Can you bring life to this?”

And he does. He does. We don’t. He works the miracle of salvation. He immerses us in mercy. He stitches together our shredded souls. He deposits his Spirit and implants heavenly gifts. Our big God blesses our small faith.

We understand the roles. He is the Milky Way galaxy. We are the sand flea. He is U2, and we are the neighborhood garage band, and that’s okay. We need a big God because we’ve made a big mess of our lives. Gradually our big God changes us. And, gratefully, we lust less, love more, lash out less, look heavenward more. We pay bills, pay attention to spouses, pay respect to parents. . . .

Take time to remember. “Look at what you were when God called you” (1 Corinthians 1:26 NCV). Remember who held you in the beginning. Remember who holds you today.

~ OUTLIVE YOUR LIFE

Loving Father, you work the miracle in salvation in our lives when we bow humbly before you. You immerse us in your mercy, and you fill our hearts with your Holy Spirit. Then you begin to change our lives to reflect your Son. You are a big God who brings big changes to our lives. We want to remember all you have done for us. You have given us truth to follow on the pathway of life and hope for an eternal future with you. May we never forget that you held us in the beginning and you hold us today, amen.

Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God.
~ PSALM 143:10

He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked. 
~ 1 JOHN 2:6

Be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
~ JAMES 1:22

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