The above drawings exemplify beautiful portions of God’s Word that were drawn by a special someone in my life who truly has a desire to love and serve for the glory of our King! In fact, I even get the privilege of having one of these charcoal drawings hung where I live. Moreover, I first wanted to write about eternal life, something that I cannot even grasp the meaning of. No one really can. The Bible states that the only way we can experience eternal life is through Jesus Christ. But God is infinite, and in order to get to know Him would take an eternity to do so. I mean, even when I think of the closest relationships in my life, it’s amazing because I am still learning and understanding who they are more and more. You might have heard about this in the news just last month, but a couple in Ohio was married for 66 years and both died just hours apart. If you read this story more, it states that they knew each other almost their entire lives dating back when they were little kids. But most importantly, they were completely devoted to each other till the very end and during their marriage, they were quoted saying that every day for them was spent growing and understanding each other in love. Even in all those years, they spent their whole life growing, understanding, and loving each other more. How incredible is that! For me, I am excited to spend the rest of my life growing deeper in love with my future wife as well as grow closer and closer in the relationships I have and will have.
The point is this, building human relationships really is a never-ending happening that takes a lifetime because we are so complex and perfectly created by the most infinitely complex being in the universe, God. But nonetheless, God wants and calls us to draw closer to Him even though there is no possible way we can even begin to “scratch the surface” of who He is. When thinking about eternal life, how amazing will it be to spend forever getting to know and experience our God! Eternal life starts right now and we, as Christians, have to constantly come to Him with all our sinfulness each and every day because we are not enough, but He is always more than enough. And this leads me to the second drawing, 2 Corinthians 12:9.
Again, I can’t even begin to understand the love, grace, and eternity of our God. I have been reading through Romans recently, and early on in this book is the focus of how vital the significance of repentance to our Christian lives unquestionably is. It is simply this, in order to grow closer to our perfect God, repentance is an absolute must. And it is something that we need to do not only when we first accepted our Father to be at the center of our lives, but each and every day.
Many times I feel too worn out, too busy, too torn in several different directions, and too broken at times to truly come to God and ask for forgiveness for my sinful actions. But we have all got to be honest with ourselves here…we all do things every single day, hour, and minute in which disappoints and offends God. By not coming to God with complete and honest repentance and atonement about our brokenness every single day, our relationship with God is directly affected. I know this has been completely true in my life many times. But, when I became intentional about coming to Him, it became so much easier to do and my life drastically changed in such a positive and profound way.
And when we sin, although God is disheartened by it, He is also right there for us, holding out His hand to make us new again. He is our advocate and our Savior all the time!!! So, I encourage anyone reading this to not lose sight of the importance of seeking forgiveness daily.
George MacDonald and A. W. Pink sum it up nicely:
“In short, a man must be set free from the sin he is, which makes him do the sin he does.” -George MacDonald
“The Christian who has stopped repenting has stopped growing” – A.W. Pink.