October 28, 2023
Matthew 19:26: New International Translation
“Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.’”
A fact that we all need to know is this, we are not the Lamb. We are not the One who has never sinned. We make mistakes and fall short of the glory of God every day. Let me share a message with you that I recently shared on social media:
Love is not just telling people "Hey you are sinning, go fix yourself". Love contains long-suffering to walk side by side with them, with hope and trust in the One who can rescue and redeem. Today, I look back and am thankful for one of my dear girlfriends who was praying for me in her secret room for years. I am so thankful she cares and loves enough to never judge how I lived and what I believed in, but cared for my empty soul. She waited for the guidance of the Holy Spirit and spoke the truth in the moment I needed to hear it. It was the time I was ready to kneel and humble myself. It was the time I realized I needed a Savior so that my sin did not lead me to death, but that through His forgiveness He restored me and embraced me with Jesus' love.
If someone had not thought it impossible for a Buddhist to become a Christian, if someone had not looked at me with love and hope then I would not be where I am today. Now is my time to do the same. I will not look at those who are sinning and yell at them from the top of the mountain. I will choose to walk with them through the valley of the shadow of death, and keep reminding them to look up and find the One who truly stands on high!
Yes, this is the Way I choose. The Way of Jesus. He sat with the sinner, but He did not sin. He did not embrace their sin, He forgave them. He redeems, He restores, and He renews changing us from an old being to a new one. I, however, am only a tiny human being and cannot save a soul! Thank you Lord that the valley I walked through taught me a lesson. It taught me to look up, to seek, to find, and to hope that the door will open when I knock. Once the door opens, I see the most beautiful place that is full of light and life. Now, I can testify to what I saw, and encourage others to look up, to seek, to find, and to knock through the communication (prayer) with the One who can save them! The wonderful thing about praying is that you leave a world where you do nothing, and enter God’s realm, where everything is possible.
Life is hard and full of troubles. The sorrow of our heart will not be reconciled by our own righteousness. Pointing a finger and winning an argument cannot accomplish the work of God. If you believe in Jesus, please never forget the request He made, “…Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” (John 8:7, NIV) Are we looking at the speck of sawdust in the eyes of others without removing the plank in our own? We do not know their stories, but we can mourn with those who mourn and show them hope – the Good News.
I am a parent who prays for my own children, as well as other children. I am a sister who prays and walks with other women who are lost or have loved ones who are. I am also a servant who prays and is learning how to love in truth those who may not know, or who have even rejected Jesus. Without Christ I am the same as them – broken, blind, and not realizing my own sin. The journey is not easy, and it is only through Jesus we can overcome. May you also kneel with everyone who loves Jesus and fight with Him for all those He loves in His way.