A few years ago I had famed gospel keyboardist and singer, Gordon Motes minister at the church I was pastoring at the time. Between services it was scheduled for Gordon and me to visit for a few minutes. So earlier that morning as I walked into my office I felt a bit of panic; a busy week had left my office looking a little ragtag.
Quickly I begin trying to clean up my office—straightening stacks of papers, throwing away things, etc. Then I suddenly stopped with a chuckle and asked myself, “Why am I bothering with this, Gordon is blind and won’t notice a thing about my messy office!”
Immediately my mind went to how God looks at those who are trusting in the work of Jesus Christ at Calvary; the blood of Jesus “blinds” God to all our mess.
Now the goal is not having a messy office (or a sinful lifestyle); that’s no good. But try as hard as we may, our life on this sin-cursed planet is a work in progress; there will be times our life becomes cluttered and messy. But praise be to God we do not have to live in condemnation. The love of God, as expressed through the death of his only begotten Son, looks beyond our fallen state and rejoices in what we are becoming.
- The ONE THING for today: Rejoice in the mercy and grace of God and ask the Holy Spirit to help you keep your “office” (life) clean.
There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.
Romans 8:1 (NKJV)