DayBreaks for 12/04/14 –Things Jesus Will Never Say
From the DayBreaks archive, December 2004:
Have you ever felt that you were asking too much from someone? Have you ever felt that others were asking too much of you – either at work, at home, in a friendship, or in your church? Sometimes people will tell you that you’ve asked too much. Sometimes our confidence can be misplaced.
In Lion and Lamb, Brennan Manning wrote about the confidence that we can have in Christ: Again it is the saints, the extravagant lovers of God and people, who challenge us to push our confidence to extreme limits. Paul writes in 1 Timothy 1:14-15: “The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners – of whom I am the worst.”
In modern times, some have said: “The good Lord is more eager to pardon a repentant sinner than a mother to rescue her child from a fire.” Others said, “Our sins are grains of sand beside the great mountain of the mercies of God.” Still another put it this way: “The moment we ask forgiveness, God throws our sins over His shoulder. He forgets them, He annihilates them; they shall never reappear.”
Paul says we need to give FULL acceptance to the reason Christ came – to save sinners – and each of us is the worst. One thing that I don’t believe we’ll ever hear from Jesus would be that we were ever too reckless in abandoning our hope and trust to Him, that we confided too much in Jesus, that we trusted in Him more than we should have, or that we hoped for too much from Him. If anything, Christ might say to us, “Why did you not trust me more? Why did you not believe in me completely, in simple, child-like faith?”
What do you think Jesus would say to you about your faith?
PRAYER: Let us abandon ourselves fully to hoping in You, Jesus! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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