get over yourself

Posted: March 12th, 2010 | Filed under: God, life | Tags: , | 7 Comments »

We look at this Son and see the God who cannot be seen. We look at this Son and see God’s original purpose in everything created. For everything, absolutely everything, above and below, visible and invisible, rank after rank after rank of angels—everything got started in him and finds its purpose in him. -Collosians 1:15-17

God, who is Love, planned for Jesus before He planned for you. Jesus came first and He comes last. (I’m not trying to show off with redundant and forced proclamations about a sandy blonde half surfer-looking/half halo endowed Nazarene whom I know nothing about. I’m saying this to an end that should set you free.) The plan for Jesus came first. Knowing that, believing that, you have to let it complete its implication that your sin has no power.

I’ll try to explain this the best way I can.

Jesus and all that He finished on the cross comes first and nothing can trump that.

It is Jesus and …nothing but Jesus. You may say, ‘but, sin…’ However, you still have to follow it up with Jesus. There is no, ‘Jesus, but sin’ There is only ‘sin, but Jesus.’ I’ve heard many people say, ‘Yes, Jesus died for our sins, but you have to….‘ I’m saying ‘NO!’ you don’t ‘have to‘ anything.

‘For everything, absolutely everything,…‘ even sin? ‘For everything, absolutely everything…finds its purpose in him.’

If you believe that, then you are free. Is this making sense? If you mention sin, you always have to mention grace. Why not just live in grace and let sin die? Don’t speak the ‘dead language of sin’ just speak the life language of grace.

From now on, think of it this way: Sin speaks a dead language that means nothing to you; God speaks your mother tongue, and you hang on every word. You are dead to sin and alive to God. That’s what Jesus did. -Romans 6:10-11

Sin illuminates Jesus.

More need, more provision of grace. Jesus wins. Grace wins. We find our (a sin flawed human race) purpose in Jesus. If He was destined to be our Savior, it was because your destiny, without Him, is to die in sin. When you fall down, you are reminded of your insufficiency. It’s never a bad thing to be aware that you need Jesus. It’s a beautiful picture of God’s sovereignty over what is designed to destroy you. When you fall, take inventory of your weakness, trace it down to the root and submit it to God, then move on. When any attack comes and tries to hold you down, tell your attacker that your sin is irrelevant because of Jesus.

He was supreme in the beginning and—leading the resurrection parade—he is supreme in the end. From beginning to end he’s there, towering far above everything, everyone. So spacious is he, so roomy, that everything of God finds its proper place in him without crowding. Not only that, but all the broken and dislocated pieces of the universe—people and things, animals and atoms—get properly fixed and fit together in vibrant harmonies, all because of his death, his blood that poured down from the cross. -Collosians 1:18-20

People are terrified to teach you these things because they think it sets you free to sin. It just sets you free.

Your inclination for sin is and will always be there, so instead of leaving you high and dry, God sets your feet firmly planted in Him. You shouldn’t be scared. It’s not a ‘freedom to sin’ it’s a ‘freedom in spite of sin.’ You’ll sin whether you’re free or not. Jesus, simply put, took care of the problem of death.

Ask any Christian, any person with a heart after God, if they want to sin. Better yet, ask yourself that question and you’ll find a screaming ‘NO!’ But, is your desire to not make bad choices enough to keep you from them? At times, yes, but overwhelmingly and ultimately no. Paul beautifully described the battle that we can all identify with. Grace doesn’t make you want to sin. Grace sets you free from the death it demands.

Grace and your belief in the finality of Jesus’ sin conquering death marks you for life.

You are a slave to grace, never free from it, never able to outrun it, never able to out sin it. Your life and all of its flaws are a perfectly crafted petri dish specimen of God’s plan for humanity. Jesus is the constant and you, in Him, are an example of what His death accomplished. You see here that not even sin can mess up God’s purpose, it only magnifies it and continually creates the ‘new’ in His already written and published story of His salvation power.

I’m saying this: Alright, so you messed up. So what? Learn and get off your butt. My gosh, get over yourself and get on with your purpose.

You yourselves are a case study of what he does. At one time you all had your backs turned to God, thinking rebellious thoughts of him, giving him trouble every chance you got. But now, by giving himself completely at the Cross, actually dying for you, Christ brought you over to God’s side and put your lives together, whole and holy in his presence. You don’t walk away from a gift like that! You stay grounded and steady in that bond of trust, constantly tuned in to the Message, careful not to be distracted or diverted. There is no other Message—just this one. Every creature under heaven gets this same Message. -Collosians 1-21-23


7 Comments on “get over yourself”

  1. 1 Julie said at 4:12 am on March 12th, 2010:

    Serena, you have such an amazing way with words. I am constantly encouraged by what you have to say. Even if it steps on my toes some. I have been learning to walk in the new knowledge of Jesus as He really is and not who I have been taught that He is. It is an awesome road to be walking, and comforting to find that there are others out there who are finding out this truth… The TRUTH will set us all free. Thank You and keep up the good work! I'm reading all the time and passing your site on to others.

  2. 2 Stacy said at 7:00 am on March 12th, 2010:

    i love how you say it…

    i love how you rip the scales from my eyes…

    i love how your words slam me to my knees…

    just this morning i was whining to God, begging Him to keep me away from someone that hurt me deeply, someone i don't yet feel ready to face with a ready response of grace… i don't trust myself or that part of me resistant to forgive…

    "if you mention sin, then you *always* have to mention grace"… i'm just going to repeat that over and over and over and over every time i see her face in my mind…

    more Jesus… more grace… freedom…

    thank you.

  3. 3 Kelly Langner Sauer said at 9:16 am on March 12th, 2010:

    Seriously – you channel my vents. Love this free. You give me courage.

  4. 4 Serena Woods said at 10:34 am on March 12th, 2010:

    Thank you for the encouragement and for letting me know that my writing is speaking in to you. 🙂

  5. 5 Kim @ Beautiful Wrec said at 2:48 pm on March 12th, 2010:

    I love this post. Love it. I normally read you in my reader but wanted to take the time to comment because I so agree with everything you said.

  6. 6 Sisterlisa said at 10:12 pm on March 13th, 2010:

    Serena, I know I haven't been commenting lately, please don't think I have neglected you. I actually read your blog faithfully from my blackberry while in bed at night. It's leaving comments that I have neglected you in. My daughter, Jess has been reading too. Thank you so much for allowing God to use you to bring these words of healing to us. I recommend your blog to people every week.

  7. 7 Ashley said at 4:02 pm on March 14th, 2010:

    "When you fall down, you are reminded of your insufficiency."

    Love this part because it is so true. We are only reminded how much we need God when we really need Him. It is when life stinks that we turn toward Him more. Thanks for always thinking…and then sharing your thoughts with others. Love that about you.

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