But God demonstrates his own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.- Romans 5:8 (NKJV)
Father would you move in my thoughts and be echoed in the words you’d have me write, Amen.
I admit often times I tie myself to some sort of self bound works salvation program in which I justify my own sin by balancing it with so-called good deeds. I’m not sure if I’m alone in this but I’ve been taught that if I preach from my weakness, I will never lack in material.
Anyone who has ever experienced a divine moment engineered by God will tell you that it is a feeling that you will always long to find again, and therefore you desire to reach deeper in your relationship with Him. It leaves us with a beautifully haunting experience that is seared into our memory. Much in the same way that Andy Irons (pro surfer) recounts the first time he found himself inside the tube, as surfers so commonly call it. A wave curls over your body and you glide through it. “Once you’ve known the feeling,” he says, “it will be a sensation that you long for every time you take another wave.”
The curling wave, for me, is like a scripture that I’ve read time and time again, but at some point, because of my soul’s willingness to be awed, it strikes a new chord. God exists, and often speaks, in the whispers.
For me the most powerful word in the scripture above, and possibly all the Bible is while. Yet while we were still sinners, he died for us. Jesus did not wait for Sam Paul to get his act together before he saved me. He never said to you, get your act together, and then I’ll deliver you. He saved us while we were still buying into what the world had to offer.
So friends, I feel compelled to tell you, before you bend your knee and cry out to God explaining to him how sorry you are for ‘letting him down,’ ask yourself this question, ‘When was I ever holding him up?’ In this relationship, he holds you up, never the other way around. He has overcome the world, and while we were still of the world, he saved you and he saved me.
Sam Paul / Christ Follower / Son / Brother / Graphic Designer / 29:11 Leader