The Box-Break-Out, the Escape-Hatch, the Alternative, the Mind-U-Turn!
Jesus said, “A new commandment I give you that you love one another.” (John 13:34) Hence, we sin when we are unloving towards others. That means that we ”all have sinned”.
This sets us all on equal footing – good people and bad people, you and me – we “all fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23), which is to be loving to those around us and who we come in contact with.
“All of us are right in our own eyes, but the Lord sees our motives and whether it is done in a loving spirit.” (Proverbs 16:2)
This lack of love makes us feel guilty like we are sinners and have done something wrong, and we feel a wall going up towards others and God. Sorry to say but, “the result of sin is death”, as this lack of love means death to your love and respect for others and for God. It is death to yourself and your joy in life. Another sad case of ‘Died at 30 and Buried at 60‘.
Now here comes the the Way Out, the Alternative: “but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus” (Romans 6:23), which is “life abundantly” (John 10:10). This means that you might be a 100 years old, but you still feel like 18, as you are full of life. and you can live life to the full. Your glass will no longer be half empty or half full, it will overflow.
The rotter’s ransom
You might feel pretty rotten and pretty useless and you might think, “There is no hope for me. God would never, ever want me, because: I did this absolute horrendous grotesque stuff –
Or, I used to personally humiliate people in a horrible fashion –
Or, I planned an armed robbery and killed two people. –
Or, I shot someone in road rage. –
Or you might say “You think that you did bad, I could never tell you what I did. There is no hope for me. You could not find anybody lower on this planet than me.”
Brother, if you feel like that, then come to Jesus and tell Him everything. Get it all out! Then let him touch you and make you a new man. He healed the leper that said, “Lord if you want to, you can make me clean” and Jesus answered “I want to, you be clean”. (Luke 5:13)
You say, “I am no leper, I am a dead man. I am rotten to the core, I stink and I am finished, Can’t you see, I am dead already. I am on death-row. No hope for me!” Well, He raised Lazarus and a few others from the dead. Lazarus stank and was dead already for days. (John 11)
Again, it comes down to your choice. Jesus said, “I came not to call the good people to repentance, but I came for the sinners.” (Matthew 9:13) Sinners like you and me.
Jesus died the death that you and I deserve because of our lack of love. That was His personal incomprehensible gift to you and me to show us His love; His life in exchange for ours, to show how much He values us, no matter how deep we fell, It is His blood for ours. With His blood He writes our name in the “Book of Life”. 100% guaranteed!
Jesus was more misunderstood and went through worse ‘shuck’ than any of us and yet He held on. He will guide you through it and your “insurmountable” obstacles and mountains of difficulty and bitterness will become a challenge to overcome,
Sick of religion?
But you say, “I am so sick of religion and religious hypocrites.”. . . So was He . . Jesus called them “white painted graves looking nice and clean on the outside but inside full of dead men’s bones”. (Matthew 23) That is what these “good religionists” couldn’t handle and so disposed of Him in the most gruesome, barbarous way – So blinded by their own rotten self-goodness, that they killed the Son sent by the God that they said they loved and worshipped.
Why should a ‘religious and good’ person, who thinks he deserves this gift of salvation because of his good works, be thankful? However, if the blind “good person” can see that his disapproving religious, so-called-holiness and self-righteousness is the worst sin of all, then there is hope that he can also see the need to be delivered from ruin – ruining his life and the life of others by his judgmental lack of love. This clarifies that we are all rotten and we need to be delivered.
Paul explains it like this, “By grace 1 are you saved 2 through faith 3 and that not of yourself, it is a gift of God, not of works lest any of us should boast” (Ephesians 2:8,9)
- Dictionary for grace is free and unearned favour of God.
- Dictionary for saved or salvation is deliverance from harm or ruin.
- Dictionary for faith is total confidence in someone.
In other words it says :
“because of the free and unearned favour of God, I am delivered from ruin, by putting my confidence in Jesus, because it is a gift and none of my good works.” – A gift is humbling to receive – Works we imagine to get paid for.
The thankful sinner
If someone wants to give you a present out of love, but you want to pay for it, then it can become offensive especially if in acquiring the present that person’s son lost his life. That is why it is easier for a sinner to be extremely grateful for the gift of salvation, because he knows without a doubt that he doesn’t deserve it.
Jesus is no shortcut religion – No amount of religion, service, being good or giving can buy or replace His sacrifice for you. He gave His life for you; will you give Him your heart? – Only you can decide that.
Jesus said, “Look, I stand at the door of your heart and knock, if you open the door I will come in and we will dine together.” (Revelation 3:20)
He cannot open the door for us, nor force his way in, that decision is ours.
If we let him in, he will dine with us. “And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that comes to me shall never hunger; and he that believes on me shall never thirst.” (John 6:35) Dining with Jesus means that our spiritual hunger and thirst, of why this and that, will be answered and satisfied. That means you will never be hungry or thirsty anymore for inner peace and understanding.
Make a get-away
To start this Spiritual Process, the best thing to do is to find a quiet place. Then open your heart and talk to him like you would to your best friend and humbly ask Jesus to reveal himself to you, and say this following prayer:
“Dear Jesus, I am kind of new at this praying business, but if this has any reality to it, then please manifest yourself to me. If you really gave your life for mine, so I can be forgiven for my unloving behaviour and my rotten selfishness, then help me now to turn around and forgive others, who I feel have wronged me.
Cleanse me from the negative influences and powers and thank you for the peace that you give. Thank you that I am allowed to get off scot-free. Thank you so much.
Please, give me your gift of eternal life and fill me with your Spirit of love, happiness and strength.
Help me to study what your disciples recorded about you in the gospels, as I want to love you and others more and somehow make a difference for good in people’s life. And you know something else, I think I really mean this. I just need your guidance on how to go about it.”
The wall and burden of guilt that separates us from God will disappear. “And the father ran to him and kissed him, . . For this my son was dead and is alive again” (Luke 15:11-24) The longing of our soul for love finds the perfect eternal soul-mate and we will have enough to share with others!
We have discovered,
- what in the Hindu religion is called: Mukti or salvation in the Purush Prajapati (the Supreme Creator who became Man) – With the result that we get off the Samsāra, the endless wheel of suffering, karma and rebirths.
- ‘the Joy of your Salvation’ as is written by the prophets of Judaism.
- what the Buddha taught the Brahman priest: ‘the Holy One that will come’ who will carry us over the cycle of rebirths all the way to the highest heaven.
- ‘the Way, the Truth and the Life’ of Christianity.
- the ‘Kalimatulla’ or the Word of God, and the ‘Ruh Allah’ the Soul or Spirit of God of Islam.
- the unexplained ‘Origin of Life’ of Atheism.
“It is not because we are strong and loving people, that we make the right decision.
It is because we make the right decision, that things change and we become different personalities.” (Adapted from Aristotle)
“You know that you have made the right decision, when there is peace in your heart.”