As people we want to fix things here and now – get the solution and sort the problem. But sometimes you can’t fix it here and now and sometimes you can’t fix it at all… all you can do is let go and let God fix it.
There are some things that we may try as hard as we might with our minds to comprehend – to say the right thing, to do the right thing, to always be the solid choice… but sometimes people we have to face facts we are imperfect and sometimes we’re going to get it wrong. Say the wrong thing, do the wrong thing or just be a fool/make a mistake. It’s at these times we need to let go of our pride, admit our mistakes and shortcomings, realise that it’s probably not as bigger deal as we would make it out to be and life still carries on regardless. Other people have the emotional capacity to help carry our baggage as well – we don’t carry everything ourselves – try as we may we just can’t do it.
I am reminded that we are part of a much bigger heavenly plan – much bigger than the one we find ourselves in day to day. We believe and trust in a God who actively wants to break out in this world to give his Son glory and praise – to lift up the name of Jesus above all names. I find it easy sometime to talk about people that are in the news, the people that are popular at that particular moment but I fail sometimes to lift up and talk about Jesus in the same way. Why is that so?
Jesus has been the one person that has made more difference in my life than any celebrity or any other leader that I have ever known. Certainly other people have helped and inspired me but ultimately they have been of the moment and I keep coming back to the fact that Jesus loves me and died for me. This continues to fill me with wonder and awe – that such a king, such a blameless one, such a perfect person should choose willingly to give up their life for me so that I could have life – and have it to the full – John 10:10. Jesus says that ‘there is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends‘ John 15:13 – Jesus counts me as his friend – this continues to baffle me, for I know what I am, where I’ve come from and there’s nothing on my CV that would make Jesus want to be my friend. I haven’t done anything particularly amazing and I have many things that I regret in life, the mistakes I’ve made, the people I’ve hurt, the lies I’ve told and all of these things make me imperfect – why would Jesus want to associate with someone like me? Even more than that Jesus doesn’t just call us his friends he calls us his Brother and Sisters – the sheer fact that Jesus wants to know me is sometimes enough to knock me flat.
So here’s the problem and I can’t fix it – I am a sinner – basically an imperfect person who has gone and broken God’s laws for life – and there is no way of reversing time to change history so what can I do to put things right? What can I do to pay the penalty, to take the punishment for this disobedience? the answer – Nothing. I can do nothing. Nothing I ever do will ever be good enough or worthy enough to right a wrong that was done – and this is the crux of the matter – I can never make up for what was done. There’s only one way of righting this wrong and that’s for God to have compassion on me and write off the wrong that has been recorded in his book, in history.
Now why should he do that – how can he do that? What we need to remember is that God is a Just God – that there has to be justice upon the person that has broken his law. Now where does that put me? Not in a very good position – and if we are being honest, we’re all in the same boat – all of us have gone and broken one of God’s laws at some point. Not looking good for us all is it? So what next – how can God fix this? We know that He didn’t intend for us to be in this position, for He created us, why would He create us just to condemn us? Enter Jesus! For someone to take the penalty that we all deserve and are rightly owed someone would have to come along and offer to give themselves for us in our place – but not only that – this person would have to be perfect – to not have any record of disobedience to God’s laws – otherwise they are in the same boat as you and I. This is why John 3:16 is quoted so much – It’s key to the redemption plan of humankind. Let me remind you what it says “For God so loved the world (you and I) that he gave his one and only Son, and whoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life” also check this out from Ephesians 1:4-7 “Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son. He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins.”
This is it – that person has come and his name is Jesus do you remember the verse from earlier..? Exactly! Jesus loved you and I so much that he gave up his perfect and blameless life and offered it as sacrifice for our lives – in a sense he bought our lives with his blood – he paid the penalty of our rebellion and sin by giving up his perfect life upon the cross. Through this God’s obligation for justice had been satisfied – there is only one person who could ever have saved us – gotten us out of the problem/the fix that we were in and he came to Earth about 2000 years ago and died (in the eyes of the world a nobody) but to God the ultimate sacrifice had been paid. God was now able to restore his relationships with his children once more – You and I.
God doesn’t ask us for anything – but he wants everything from us. It’s free but it will cost you everything. God’s offering his hand of invitation through the person of Jesus to you here and now – he’s the solution to your problem and he has the answers right here and now. Will you take him up on it? Will you let him be the answer to your problem – will you let him fix YOU? You see ultimately we have the problems, the blockages that cause harm, the hidden secrets, the mistakes – not anyone else and we can’t fix that … but God can!
I’ll finish on this:
“Those who love their life in this world will lose it. Those who care nothing for their life in this world will keep it for eternity. Anyone who wants to be my disciple must follow me, because my servants must be where I am. And the Father will honor anyone who serves me” John 12:25-26
May you know God’s love for you, his open arms of Grace that run to meet you – the prodigal sons and daughters of this world. It’s an open invitation to a life worth living and a life full of freedom from our mistakes and problems. For the Glory goes to Jesus – may his name be lifted higher than any other name and may you come to experience the fullness of his love for you.