Tuesday, May 25, 2016
“Fluid” is the new buzz word of the day. People are using it especially when they don’t want any boundaries or certainties. “My calendar is fluid,” or “My gender is fluid”. Those are just a couple examples. If you are a person who suffers from OCD, fluid can mean a nightmare. Everything is in order and life is out of order if it’s not. Personally I’m a team player so if I have to adjust things to make accommodations for my team, then that’s what I do. A concrete schedule is a rare thing in a pastor’s family’s life. But in light of Scripture, what does God say is fluid? Certainly not His Word. His Word is everlasting. It is concrete. His laws aren’t fluid. His commandments, His teachings, His love. Those are all concrete things that we can hold on to in times of uncertainty. In Psalm 119:89 “Forever, O Lord, Your Word is settled in Heaven.” Things are settled. We often argue among each others as to meanings of Scripture but that doesn’t mean that God made room for any doubt. It should be our heart to ask Holy Spirit to interpret the Scripture to mean what God intended, instead of telling God and others what we think it means. It’s settled. There’s no fluidity about it.
But when I think about the true nature of God, when I ask God to show me what’s important to Him so I can represent Him well on Earth to others, I ask how do I reach anyone that does not understand a God who has placed very certain boundaries for our safety. He tells us in Romans 5:20-21 “Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more, 21 so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” That’s a whole lot to understand for someone who hasn’t made Jesus their Savior. But what you can take to heart is that where sin is, Grace is much more. Grace is the fluid part of God that moves past any of our sin or unrighteousness. Simply put, if a person can do it, the blood of Jesus can cover it. There is no one outside of what the Grace of God can cover. That’s pretty fluid. It’s ever reaching. BUT the only way you can apply this forgiveness is to accept it. Accept His ever flowing love, grace and mercy.
God isn’t asking you to follow His ways just for the sake of following His ways. He understands that there’s trouble outside of the boundaries He’s set and as a loving Father He want’s to keep us safe. He sent His Son to die on the cross so that we could be reconciled to a Holy Father. When you accept Jesus as your Savior you accept that Jesus has taken your place to pay for all sin debt that has been required and so now when God the Father looks upon you, He sees the perfection of the Son in you. That, my dear friends, is an abundant Grace. Be blessed today.