No Strings Attached

 

I am always suspicious of an unsolicited phone call announcing that I’ve received something for free. I realize that there is a “catch” to things like that. I have won 3 days and 3 nights at a nice resort only to find out that I had to go to a meeting where they try to sell you a time share in that resort. I’ve also been offered a free 6-month subscription only to find out that they will start billing me automatically after that first 6 months. There are many gimmicks that promise something Free that I am a bit jaded about it. I usually say that something that is free to me always cost someone else something. There is no such thing as a free lunch. After reading in the Word this morning, I realize that there is something that is free. Check this out…

If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 One believes with the heart, resulting in righteousness, and one confesses with the mouth, resulting in salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, Everyone who believes on him will not be put to shame, 12 since there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, because the same Lord of all richly blesses all who call on him. 13 For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. (Romans 10:9-13 CSB)

I have not done anything to deserve the love from God that I’ve experienced. He doesn’t love me because I love Him. He loved me first. He loves me even when I don’t love Him. I can’t quite wrap my head around that level of love. I have accepted Him as my Lord. I do believe in Him. I don’t deserve His love. I don’t deserve to be saved, but I am profoundly grateful.

I used to think going to church made me a Christian.

I used to think that not cursing made me a Christian.

I used to think that obeying my parents made me a Christian.

That could be a long list of what I used to think. I understand now that I go to church; guard my tongue, honor my parents BECAUSE I’m a Christ follower NOT to become a Christ follower. I am a Christian because I have surrendered my heart to the Lord. I believe in God. I believe He is the ONLY ONE Who can save me.

Nothing I can do contributes to my being saved. He did it all. I honor Him BECAUSE He has saved me and promised me a future. My life has been different since I figured this out. I can’t do enough or not do enough to be saved. He has that handled. There are no strings attached to my salvation. I see life different since He’s saved my soul. I want to live for Him. I want to live in honor of Him. I want to trust Him in obedience. I want my surrender to Him to continue today not out of fear, but in faith that He will continue to walk with me through this life.

He saved me with no strings attached.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

IF

Terms And Conditions-stampThis is one of the shortest words in the English language, but it is huge when used. It is a word that introduces a conditional clause. I will do this “if” you will do that. It’s a word that adds “the strings attached” to a promise.  I love my kids without “strings” or condition. I don’t love them “if” they do exactly what I want them to do.  I’ve observed many relationships over the years that have “if” attached to them. I’m thankful that the Lord doesn’t love me that way. Check this out…

11 The Lord swore an oath to David,

    a sure oath he will not revoke:

‘One of your own descendants

    I will place on your throne.
12 If your sons keep my covenant

    and the statutes I teach them,

then their sons shall sit

    on your throne for ever and ever.’ (Psalm 132:11-12 NIV)

 

This promise of God to King David contains an “if”/conditional clause. The promises and blessings of God often are conditional. His love for us is not conditional. He loves me regardless if I love Him. I understand the love of God more since I’ve become a Dad. His love for me is relentless. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t think about every one of my children (I have five of them!). I love them with a love that is hard to describe. I love them BECAUSE they are my kids not IF they do what I say and how I say it.  This doesn’t mean that I don’t guide them and advise them. My love is not attached to their behavior as much as it’s attached to their bloodline.

As history unfolds, King David’s descendants didn’t keep the covenant and statutes of the Lord. They did not serve as King of Israel. The Lord did bless the heritage of David, because Jesus was born through the lineage of King David.

I want to follow the Lord with my whole heart, because I want the blessing and provision of God upon my life. I know He loves me. I am blown away by His love for me. He loves me because I’m His kid. He blesses and rewards my obedience.

Pressing On!
Dwayne