I’ve shared with you how within three weeks, I had a contract on my house down in West Palm Beach. The way was now clear to move forward and closing on the house would close that chapter in my life and plunge me into the next chapter. More importantly at the moment, it would relieve me of double payments before they actually happened.
For the next six months, I worked at saving enough money to put down a deposit on a new house for my daughter and I. When the time was right, I employed the services of a real estate agent and house hunting began.
We went all over Orlando and areas in between. The challenge was to find something as cheap as possible. After all, I had been used to a $300 mortgage payment in WPB. (I know – unheard of today).
We also needed a location near work because I didn’t know the area at all. I wasn’t afraid of a little renovation work because I had a construction background and renovation experience enough to handle most anything. I told my realtor as much.
She took my words to heart and found the perfect little property for me.
I pulled up to a cute little two-bedroom, one-bath home situated on two lots. A sweet, little, elderly lady and her husband lived there for many years. But now he was gone and she became ill and went to live with her son’s family. Her treasure of a home sat idle and empty next door to her son.
I took one look at it from the road and told the realtor I wanted it even though I hadn’t seen the inside, I just knew this was the house. Shocked, she made the call and the owner accepted my offer. The house would be ours in no time. Cheap and near work – score!
Just as you are.
When Jesus looks at us, he claims us as we are. He doesn’t require a makeover or an overhaul before he begins to love us. Jesus doesn’t put conditions of acceptance on his love. He accepts us as-is and wants a relationship with us to start today. Start now – not after we have renovated all the rooms in our heart.
Jesus doesn’t wait until we get everything in order. He wants to start that relationship with us today. He has loved us all our lives already. It’s one of the many great things about our Lord.
Because he bought and paid for our sin on the cross at Calvary.
Yesterday, I shared with you the verse from John. 3:16. It’s an amazing love so deep that he was willing to do so much for you and I. Yet, sometimes we take that love for granted. Sometimes we think of his sacrifice as a surface thing, nothing meaningful about the giving of his life.
Perhaps that’s because we didn’t actually see him die on the cross 2000 years ago. We’re operating solely on faith in believing what the Bible says is true.
Faith requires something from us – to believe. What Jesus did on the cross is no surface thing.
Lord God, I believe in you and I believe Jesus died on the cross for my sins so that I could live. Father, thank you for sending your son, Jesus as a sacrifice for me. I pray Lord the people reading this today feel your love, and believe the sacrifice your son, Jesus made for them, and desire to know Jesus more. In his name I pray, Amen.
In His Service