Sunday, April 10, 2011

He didn't promise us a rose garden

If you read my post yesterday, you know that a friend of mine encouraged me to be more optimistic and positive in my emails. As I re-read Titus 2 and 3 today, God's Word confirmed yet again, I am positive that when a man is born-again he is a new creation in Christ. This reality in a persons life is either beyond optimism, and is joyous beyond words; or it is a source of great distress. For those that have been regenerated it is amazing and overwhelming looking at the changes God has made in you. As they say, you can not argue with a changed life. For others (like me when I thought I was saved) you hear things like this and wonder why nothing has changed in your life, why you don't feel the zeal to serve Christ; and it causes a great deal of distress. When we receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, He not only washes us from sin and frees us from the bondage of sin; He gives us a washing of regeneration and renewal.

Titus 3:4 But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, 5 not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit6 whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior7 that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

Notice how Paul used the phrase "poured out abundantly"; but before that he used the phrase "His mercy He saved us". When you are saved He doesn't sprinkle a little change here, sprinkle a little there...NO! He pours out the Holy Spirit on us! We are radically different. The cares and lusts of this world have a foul taste in our mouth. The sweet taste of serving and pleasing our King overtakes us. To most this sounds boring and unexciting; I used to think this; but when He changed me it was and continues to be the most amazing and exciting thing ever. This isn't a sales pitch to get someone to "give Jesus a try". This transformation is entirely a work of the Spirit and the way is difficult. He doesn't promise us a rose garden....in this life.....He promises that all who desire to live a Godly life will be persecuted. As the saying goes, "the flight will be bumpy, but the landing is going to be amazing."

1 comment:

  1. it's interesting, Caroline sings "I didn't promise you a rose garden" every week at church and I preached on new wine, old wine skin with the same message as what you brought today... Praise God brother...one accord... Love ya

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