Sunday, April 1, 2007

He Only Requires What He Gives

Have you ever been to a really important event? A meet-and-greet with a VIP? A backstage pass to your favorite concert? A formal wedding? The Prom?

In life, when we attend important events, we feel fortunate to have an invitation. But after we receive the invitation, many other issues arise:
what will I wear? Will I need to purchase a gift? Are there special customs or rules I need to be aware of? How will I get there?

But not so with the Lord. Chuck Swindoll points out this theme of Romans:
"God provides what He requires of us--perfect righteousness." We are not invited to become a part of His family and then told to wash ourselves and purchase our own clothes- no! He washes us and makes us clean; He clothes us in HIS righteousness.

Yes, God has standards- completely unattainable ones, for anyone but Him. Praise the Lord, we don't have to consider how to make ourselves holy enough for God. When we become His child, He
makes us holy; He purifies us and cleanses us from all unrighteousness. After we receive His invitation, He tells us to take off the old things, and sends us His righteousness for us to "put on". He wrote out those customs or rules we need to be aware of AND we have His full assistance in living those customs and rules out in our lives, because as believers, we have Him with us at every moment. And, finally, we don't even have to figure out how to get there: He has already arranged our transportation to the event of our lives: meeting Him face to face.

It is not burdensome to accept this invitation from the Lord; His only requirements are those things that He gives. What an incredibly gracious God we serve!

**** I am so excited about reading through Romans; I look forward to getting grounded even more in the doctrine (truth) of our gracious God. I'm planning to spend the first 10 days of this month focusing in on the first five chapters. If you aren't already in the middle of a Bible study this month, I would love for you to join me in reading and studying Romans throughout April.****


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