Don’t get me wrong, we are sinners; We are not perfect. We do pick up our flesh and run away with it at times—- “gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts” (Ephesians 2:3).
We entertained the lies of the enemy — we bought into the idea of suing — we gossiped — we whined — we complained — we put ourselves first (woe me) — we hardened our hearts — we welcomed bitterness — we were blind, closed minded, and selfish —- we lost sight of our identity in Christ.
I mean, What audacity! Who did he think he was? Telling us that we had to choose between our jobs and our God. The nerve!
“It’s a wonder God didn’t lose his temper and do away with the whole lot of us. Instead, immense in mercy and with an incredible love, he embraced us. He took our sin-dead lives and made us alive in Christ. He did all this on his own, with no help from us! Then he picked us up and set us down in highest heaven in company with Jesus, our Messiah”
(Ephesians 2: 4-6).
Embraced by Jesus, we looked to him for answers, guidance, and deliverance. We surrendered to him!
Even then, in the midst of surrendering to God, Satan lurked and told us to ask for justice. And so, we selfishly asked for justice. We allowed our hearts to become bitter once again. We mocked the restaurant, the company that had employed us for two years.
What was wrong with us? We couldn’t keep from sinning for two seconds — even while in the presence of God.
Even when time had gone by… and the company began struggling financially.
Fortunately, God has given us his living Word. We can refer to it at any time and be reminded of who He is and where our identify lies.
We can be reminded that God loves us, even when we are weak. We can be reminded that we are not alone in our Christian walk; Many before us have stumbled too, even some that physically walked side by side with Jesus.
“You’ve been with me all this time, Philip, and you still don’t understand? To see me is to see the Father. So how can you ask, ‘Where is the Father?’ Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I speak to you aren’t mere words. I don’t just make them up on my own. The Father who resides in me crafts each word into a divine act. Believe me: I am in my Father and my Father is in me. If you can’t believe that, believe what you see—these works” (John 14: 9-11).
We can see that Christ didn’t give up on Philip, a man whom walked with Christ, watched his miracles, and was told what to do firsthand. We can see that Philip still stumbled; He still needed to learn more and to be told once again. He still didn’t understand who Jesus was or where his identity lied in Christ.
If you would like to learn more about Jesus Christ, follow the link below, contact me, visit a few churches, pray to the Lord. He loves you, cherishes you, and wants a relationship with you. You are his beloved.