Friday, October 15th, 2021
“[To have Faith in Christ] means, of course, trying to do all that He says. There would be no sense in saying you trusted a person if you would not take his advice. Thus if you have really handed yourself over to Him, it must follow that you are trying to obey Him. But trying in a new way, a less worried way. Not doing these things in order to be saved, but because He has begun to save you already. Not hoping to get to Heaven as a reward for your actions, but inevitably wanting to act in a certain way because a first faint gleam of Heaven is already inside you.” — C. S. Lewis
Wow! I love this for so many reasons. This reminds me of conversations I have had with a dear friend, “often when individuals accept/ask Jesus into their hearts, to be their Lord and Savior” one could easily take the credit for choosing God. When in reality, we (unknowingly) already know God because He created us. He chose us long before we were ever born. This process is not easily understood or conceivable until after one submits themselves to Christ, placing ones [Faith in Christ]. ***Disclaimer, this has been my personal experience, I am not a theologian and I would never assume my experiences mirror those of others.
Here’s a picture I grew up seeing every Sunday at church, it’s a familiar feeling to me. Feels like home.
The door/path to Jesus is found all along the human spectrum of life. Some find Jesus early in life while others come later in life; the most important is meeting Jesus. Meeting Jesus is like coming home, a place you never knew you missed until you are there…feels like home.
As far as the “obeying” and “reward” of course I want to obey, but I fail often. The importance is the “wanting” and “striving” to obey, failing is part of our humanness, not an excuse by any means; it’s an opportunity to seek forgiveness and to try again. Jesus does not hold us to a standard of pass or fail. He loves us and wants only the very best for each of us. Heaven is our forever home, that’s where Jesus lives and He wants us to be there too.
“Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.” — Matthew 7:7-8 (NRSVA)
“So I say to you, Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.”
— Luke 11:9-10 (NRSVA)
“I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture.” — John 10:9 (ESV)
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~Charlotte, Seeker of unexpected Comfort, Happiness, Joy and Patience.