Last Sunday, one of our pastor's shared something that was taught at a marriage conference recently at our church. He applied it to life in general, and I've been thinking about it all week. It's simple and yet revolutionary. It's obvious and yet never occurs to me without the Holy Spirit. It's about all of life and yet it has to do with that Christmas baby too.
Here it is:
What would happen if, with each and every tiny and big decision, we thought this way about God:
He is Creator
In the beginning was the Word.
Beginning of story Creator, yes, but continuing Creator as well.
You know those quirks in your husband that irritate?
Those same quirks in your kids?
That personality trait in your relative?
Created by God.
Invented by Him.
Made by Him.
That can't help but put things in a new light. Is my hubby way (way) more interested in getting somewhere early than I am? That was given him by God!
Is my daughter completely uninterested in bows in her hair?
Created by God.
See? It makes a difference. Those built-in traits that aren't sins at all but irritate me nonetheless were given by a loving Creator God.
He is King
For God is the King of all the earth; Sing praises with understanding.
He really is sovereign.
How could He be God if He wasn't?
So this covers all the sins against you,
All your own mistakes,
All the horrible things wrong with the world,
That baby is King of all.
A very good King!
He's in control, and He has your best interest right next to His heart.
So that boss that is always slamming you?
Those kids who never listen?
That one who will never learn?
He is right there in the situation
Watching out for you.
He is Savior
Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.
Thank goodness for this last one!
He saves us from our sin.
That baby, the one in the manger, the very same one.
He saves us once and for all when we believe in Him
He saves us continually--
He makes us Holy.
We're not under the control of sin anymore.
Those times when we blow it...
(just ask, He'll take away the guilt!)
Those times when we are sinned against...
He can take the most awful situation and turn it around.
That little baby is a Savior.
So yes, I'm preachy this morning. Please know that I'm preaching mostly to myself. I want so much to remember these three things with every moment. Every tiny situation. When my kids wake up too early, when I burn the biscuits, when I forget something at the store, when my kids didn't turn in homework, and the list could go on. If I could just meet each situation armed with the knowledge that my personal Friend is Creator, King, and Savior then my blood pressure wouldn't rise, my emotions wouldn't go haywire, and most importantly, my love for Him and others would grow.
To that tiny Baby be the Glory.