Do you believe these statements I gleaned from my Bible this morning?
But this Man,
after He had offered one sacrifice
for sins forever,
sat down at the right hand of God.
For by one offering
He has perfected forever
those who are being sanctified.
(Hebrews 10:12 & 14)
Do you live like you believe those Words are true?
And what about the following words?
But the Holy Spirit also witnesses to us;
for after He had said before,
“This is the covenant that I will make with them
after those days, says the LORD:
I will put My laws into their hearts,
and in their minds I will write them,”
then He adds,
“Their sins and their lawless deeds
I will remember no more.”
Now where there is remission of these,
there is no longer an offering for sin.“
Even though you know God tells only the Truth and your head may believe these Biblical utterances as well, does your heart readily follow suite too?
Do you believe that once you lay your sins at the foot of the cross, they are no longer yours to carry?
It is sorta like the poor man’s restaurant trick referred to as the Dine-n-Dash…
Come with me, let’s dine out together.
I, the poor woman, and you the other poor folks, let’s eat a feast of forgiveness, then we will dash. We will run right out the door, dragging the kids by tightly held hands, and we will even try not to trample one another en route to the parking lot.
Wait a minute! Something is different here.
When we leave this particular eatery, we don’t have to look over our shoulder in fearful expectation of the manager running after us, hollering, and demanding payment. No, quite to the contrary.
Guess what? We don’t even have to beat feet or make haste in our departure.
Actually, The Boss would prefer we stay, meal after meal.
Because His Son already paid the bill. He even tipped the waitress.
Friends, His Words are true. And they are ever-so-filling. Ya know, like the stick-to-your-ribs wholesome food that your mamma used to make to fill your always-starving teenage stomach? Yeah, like that. God wants to fill you up just like that.
Go back and re-read the scripture.
Now, do you believe those Words with your head and heart?
You should. God does not hold onto bills. He doesn’t keep I.O.U.s in a neat little stack. Once you come to His divine diner, you actually hand Him the receipt of your lifelong sin list before you sup of His meal of forgiveness. Once you eat, you are free. But God knows that these sins like to noodle their way back into your head and even your heart. So, look up. See that neon flickering sign? Yeah, His diner is open 24-hours.
See you there.
I will be the one, licking my plate clean.
* photo and food credit: me
* eating my food credit: my son
* One year ago I changed my original profile picture with from one of my dog’s heads with my toddler picture. Then the other day I replaced that with an actual grown-up mug shot of me trying to smooch my son. Likely it’ll go by the wayside soon cause I don’t really like seeing me here. It that weird? Probably another image will go up or the same toddler shot. Who cares? Who reads this anyway? Oh great, I caught myself talking to my self yet again.