Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Is It A Sacrifice?

John 3:16  "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life."

SC 45  "Do you feel that it is too great a sacrifice to yield all to Christ?  Ask yourself the question, 'What has Christ given for me?'  The Son of God gave all--life and love and suffering--for our redemption.  And can it be that we, the unworthy objects of so great love, will withhold our hearts from Him?  Every moment of our life we have been partakers of the blessings of His grace, and for this very reason we cannot fully realize the depths of ignorance and misery from which we have been saved.  Can we look upon Him Whom our sins have pierced,  and yet be willing to do despite to all His love and sacrifice?  In view of the infinite humiliation of the Lord of glory, shall we murmur because we can enter into life only through conflict and self-abasement?
     The inquiry of many a proud heart is, 'why need I go in penitence and humiliation before I can have the assurance of my acceptance with God?  I point you to Christ.  He was sinless, and more than that, He was the Prince of heaven; but in man's behalf He became sin for the race.  'He was numbered with the transgressors; and He bare the sins of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.'  Isaiah 53:12.
     But what do we give up when we give all?  A sin-polluted heart for Jesus to purify, to cleanse by His own blood, and to save by His matchless love.  And yet men think it hard to give up all!  I am ashamed to hear it spoken of, ashamed to write it."

Will you give Him your sin-polluted heart today?  I am ashamed to read it, ashamed to think that there have been times I have not given Him my all, a sin-polluted heart for Him to purify with His own blood and to save me by His matchless love.  Is it hard?  We think it is, but the joy and relief of knowing we have been washed clean by His own blood and saved by His matchless love is overwhelming to say the least.  Try it, you just might receive the blessing of a lifetime.  Grandma Joan.

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