Someone asked me what I’d do/how I’d spend my time if I knew I had not long to live in this world. Sheesh. Some would want to travel. Some would want to swim with dolphins. Some would just want to spend that time ‘living it to the max’ – reaching out for the ultimate experience. Some would want to right their wrongs. Some would want to make sure their family their friends were suitably cared for.
I’d go for the latter. kinda. But not in the way you’d generally expect.
My thoughts would be on those I love. My actions would for those I loved. And beyond.
This isn’t a dress rehearsal. There is no dress rehearsal. This is it! I’d be begging people to listen to me. To hear what I had to say.
And I’d tell them this:
Don’t you know that you were created by the ultimate artist? Don’t you know the artists dreamed big dreams for you before you were even born? Don’t you know that he loves you with a passion – that there’s nothing you can do that will stop him loving you? Nothing. But it’s not something to be earned either.
This artist is perfect.
Not one of us are perfect. We all mess up. The word the bible uses is called sin. We think, say and do the wrong things. That’s easy to relate to with a murderer or a terrorist. But if you’re a good person? What if you’ve been to church every sunday since you were a little nipper? What if you give to charity? The Question is, does that make you perfect?
And here’s the devastating problem to the artists’ original plan. He made us relational people – he put it in our very DNA to long for companionship, for relationship. So it’s not surprising that we were made to be in relationship with our maker. Our father.
But our Father is perfect. And we are not. It’s like a huge chasm seperated us. The repercussions are huge. God is life. So separation means death.
He never intended death. So he steps in. The price of what we do wrong is death – so he sacrificed his only son to pay for it.
“But Christ has rescued us from the curse pronounced by the law. When he was hung on the cross, he took upon himself the curse for our wrongdoing” (gal 3:13)
Jesus took all our sins onto himself. All of them. Everyone is familiar with this story – but do we really know it? because it’s not a fictional story. It’s real and it’s now and it counts. How amazing is it that, even though NONE of us deserve it, we now have a way to the father, a way for eternal relationship with him. Hope replaces hopelessness.
Only, the way isn’t an autimatic pass. It’s an open door so you’ve got to actually walk through it. There needs to be deliberate action on our part.
Walking through that door is recognising how massive this is, recognising that God loved us SO much that he gave his one and only son that WHOEVER believes in him with not perish but have everlasting life. It’s recognising that we have all mucked up big style, and its taking all of our junk and leaving it at the cross.
Because that’s where its all paid for.
But ultimately its seeking a relationship with our creator, our God our Father. It’s a laying down of our own life and picking up what God has for us while we’re on this earth. It’s about living in the joy that our God is greater -he’s greater than anything we’ve done wrong, he’s greater than anything thats been done wrong to us – and he’s greater than death itself. Jesus said that he came so that we could have life to the full; and I reckon living in forgiveness and hope and joy is what he was getting at.