Hi, this is Daniel from ForgivenFully.com, sharing with you the exclamation point of God’s forgiveness.
Do you wear glasses? I do. You don’t see me wearing my glasses in these videos because they pick up glare from the lights. But without these glasses, everything is blurred and distorted. Beyond the camera I see a blob which I presume is my cameraman. (I hope so!) But when I put on these glasses, it changes everything. I see rich texture and detail, and I have a clear vision of where I’m going.
The right set of lenses changes the way you see everything. That’s true of spiritual matters as well; the spiritual lens through which you view life shapes everything.
Try on this set of lenses: “Offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship.” (Romans 12:1) In the past, God required people to bring sacrifices of bulls and goats and lambs. The offerings were entirely burnt up, representing a life entirely devoted to God. But then came the once for all Sacrifice to which all other sacrifices pointed: Jesus, whom the Bible calls the Lamb of God. God no longer requires burnt offerings; He says, ‘You are now the sacrifice; your whole life is one of worship.’ At the heart of worshiping God is obeying Him, for what kind of worship is lips that praise Him but actions that go against His commands? With that in mind, let me ask you: How is your worship life? How do you think it looks through the lens of God’s perfect, piercing vision?
Thankfully there’s more to this Bible verse. It begins this way: “In view of God’s mercy.” Yes, “In view of God’s mercy…offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God.” (Romans 12:1) Apart from God’s mercy, all we see are commands and expectations that we simply can’t live up to. But the lens of God’s mercy changes everything! God’s mercy is simply this: He does not treat us as our sins deserve. He forgives our sins, freely and fully, because of that once for all Sacrifice of the Lamb of God. Listen: God’s mercy means that I am no longer measuring my relationship with Him based on my performance. In Jesus, we live forgiven! God’s mercy changes our view of obedience; it’s not to earn anything from Him – He’s given us everything we could never earn! So God’s mercy means that our obedience is to express to Him, ‘You are worthy, O God – worthy of my love and devotion, for great is Your mercy!’
So transform your view of life. Look through the lens of God’s mercy, and know that in Jesus you are forgiven fully.
Thank you for your time, and may God bless you with what you heard here today at ForgivenFully.com.
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Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church
Daniel is the Staff Minister at Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, El Paso TX.