It is a bright summer morning as I write this, August 30th, 2016. I am in a hotel room in Louisville, Kentucky, traveling for business as I so often do. That is my life. I am in sales. But I think of my life as so much more than just sales. Sales is simply what I do to pay the bills and feed my family. My life is about a mission: one commissioned to me by my Commander, the Lord Jesus Christ.
It is on this morning that I was reading the Bible in the book of Hebrews, chapter 9, and something hit me. Something very different than when I have read the Scriptures before. I got to verse 28, and something went off in my heart.
Christ was offered once for all time as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people. He will come again, not to deal with our sins, but to bring salvation to all who are eagerly waiting for Him.
I don’t know how many times I may have read those words before this morning. But they had different meaning for me today. And I suppose that’s what the Scriptures mean when they say that the Word of God is living and active (Hebrews 4:12). You can read something from the Scriptures one day and it has a certain effect, and you can read the same words on a different day and they can minister to you totally unique compared to different days.
That’s what happened to me today when I read those words, particularly the words, “He will come again, not to deal with our sins…”
Jesus is coming again, but this time He won’t be dealing with my sins. He already did that on the cross. I am forgiven! Hallelujah! All the junk, all the corruption, all the selfishness, all the filth…gone! And when He comes back, all He will be interested in doing is bringing the consummation of my salvation for which I have been trusting Him.
Yes, the revelation of that hit me like a tractor trailer at full speed. I paused, and read it again. And again. And then I just lifted my hands and began to worship…and cry. I have been crying or on the verge of crying for most of this morning. When a person truly gets a glimpse of themselves in light of God’s mercy, how can you do anything else but weep?
Why am I saying all this?
Well, I believe that life in Christ is one that is so much more than just being a good guy or being a good gal who reads the Bible and goes to church and keeps all the rules. Christ’s love must consume you. You have to get a revelation of Him, and once you do, you’ll never be the same. You’ll be ruined for the ordinary. You’ll become uninterested with the things that excite the world so much. The world and all it has to offer will mean nothing to you. It will be as the Apostle Paul described it:
Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ… -Philippians 3:9 (NLT)