That preacher man made us do something glorious in church a few weeks ago, but he moved on too quickly, if you ask me. I wanted to shout out, Hold up, my love, can we just soak this in for a minute?
In the middle of his sermon he said something like, Raise your hand if you’re not good enough to have received the love of God.
I felt the air move around me –all those hands flying up so fast. Like at my house if you say, Who wants a slushy? Oh yeah, those boys don’t stop and say, Hmmm. I wonder if I feel like drinking a slushy right now? No, their hands fly up, and they’re all, Me! Me! Me! Me! and telling me what flavor they want and could I please go right this very second.
Not good enough to have received the love of God?
But the preacher, in his button-up shirt and black dress shoes, said God has declared us righteous –those of us who have been covered by the sacrificial blood of Christ.
If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness. (Romans 8:10)
This raised a question in my mind: What if we were to agree with God and declare each other righteous? Hmmm? I mean, you and God know I’m still falling short of glory every day, but what if you claim what I will be and call me that? Overlook the daily shortcomings maybe?
And what if I see Christ in you, and I simply choose to look right over the top of everything you do wrong and see your future completion instead?
I’ll say this word to you today, I can’t wait until you are the righteousness God has declared you to be. You will say you have messed up, but you can watch my eyes look up and not even see it.
Here’s to who we will be.