The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
(Thanks to JayBob for inspiration on this one.)
"This Sense of Wonder"
Through the years, a thought has often graced my heart and mind as we journey to conduct services in various places. It happened today, in words something like this:
"I get to stand before a group of human beings and tell them that God loves them so much that He sent His beloved Son to die for them in order to save them from their sins."
"If One died for all, then were all dead, and that He died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto Him which died for them, and rose again" (II Corinthians 5:14-15).
"He is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world" (I John 2:2).
The thought never fails to overwhelm me, so much so today that I had to call a friend and express the blessed wonder of such a privilege. He responded as I knew he would, rejoicing with me, and then adding he has the same sense when pondering our freedom to commune with the almighty Creator of all things.
"We have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand and rejoice in hope of the glory of God" (Romans 5:2).
A double wonder. We kneel before the Lord to access His grace in order to stand before people to proclaim His grace. Indeed, the Lord Jesus shed His precious blood to grant access to the Father. He then gave His Spirit to believers for the purpose of sending us to offer the gift to others. Overwhelming. And overwhelming again.
If I ever lose this sense of wonder, I hope opportunities to preach, teach, and write will be taken away from me. I long ago asked the Lord to do this. So far, so good, as maintained by our faithful God, His ever fascinating Word, and the fellowship of brothers and sisters who share the wonder. Eternity will not exhaust the sublime splendor we presently know in limited, but glorious grandeur. In fact, we will know far better the wonder of it all, that is, the God who can never be fully known, and who will thereby eternally amaze us with the privilege and responsibility to bear witness that…
"The love of Christ… passeth knowledge."
"But God, who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ (by grace ye are saved, and hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in Heavenly places, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus."
Weekly Memory Verse
By Him all things consist.