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God’s Grace

Isaiah 1:18

Though your sins are like scarlet, they will be as white as snow;

20140530-104833-38913743.jpgI remember making quite a few mistakes in my day – still do. Some I have made public in sermons or in blog page posts – some I have only confessed to my wife or to God. If I had to add them up I’m not sure I could count that high. I am a sinner! I have fallen short of the glory of God. Can anyone out there identify?

I’ve often described my sins like some of the yards we worked on at my former church – in a project called Bowie StreetReach. It was a project started by our youth ministry – modeled for them on a mission trip to Ireland. They would go throughout an assigned community around the church and offer – weeks ahead of the week set aside for the work – free of charge – to come in and do some yard work. It was often for those who couldn’t afford to pay for the work to be done and folks that couldn’t do the work themselves. These yards were like some of our lives – if not all of our lives – filled with trash and weeds and things we would rather not have in the yard. One home seemed to throw everything they didn’t want in their house out the back window into the yard. It was a waste area – much like the sin in our lives before Christ.

After the work was finished some folks would try to pay the teams – but the standard response from the youth and the adults working with them was the grace of God is free and so is our work on your yard or something along those lines. Grace is amazing – it is unmerited favor.

During the winter – when the snow comes – if we were to look at one of these trashy yards – the trash begins to be covered by the falling snow. I have seen trashy yards completely covered with several inches of snow and all of the trash is covered. It makes the yard look so clean – a blanket of snow covering everything.

These times make me think of the blood of Jesus that covers my sins. Let’s read today’s passage again. Isaiah 1:18 – “Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.” Of course – the snow-covered yard merely covers the trash – and when the snow melts – the trash reappears. When Christ’s shed His blood to pay for our sin – and we accept Christ into our lives as our Lord and Savior – His blood not only covers our sin – but removes it – casting it as far as the East is from the West.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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June 17, 2014 - Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , ,

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