I just happened to read, (as if there are any “just happens” with GOD), Romans 6:23. I have read this passage before but it really pierced my heart today. Most translations go like this: “for the wages of sin is death, but the gift of GOD is eternal life in CHRIST JESUS our LORD. I then read the Message bible translation (quoted below)
Romans 6:23The Message (MSG)
22-23 But now that you’ve found you don’t have to listen to sin tell you what to do, and have discovered the delight of listening to God telling you, what a surprise! A whole, healed, put-together life right now, with more and more of life on the way! Work hard for sin your whole life and your pension is death. But God’s gift is real life, eternal life, delivered by Jesus, our Master.
I am a sinner. I sin every day. There are days when I probably sin every minute; whether by thought or deed. GOD knew! GOD knew before plunking Adam and Eve in paradise that sin was going to happen. GOD wants us to love him. It is the same kind of love we want and the same kind of love HE already gives to us. GOD wins! However, HE wants us to come to him by our own volition. We can follow the ways of addiction, hate, stealing, lying, scorning our brothers, judging our sisters, killing, hurting, haughtiness, greed (sin) OR we can choose life.
The way out of sin, the way to everlasting life with GOD is through CHRIST JESUS. Our gift was literally hand delivered to us by JESUS. HE was slain for not all of us but each of us. Every soul that is agonizing is bringing a tear to GOD’s eyes. Frankly, it should probably put a tear in ours.
I have to admit, I let fear and intimidation get in my way of sharing the glory and gift that I have received by GOD through JESUS. I do try but I am way too quick to back down.
Every day I work hard to gain success; in my career or job, it is for money and in my personal relationships, it is for acceptance and love. In the end, sum it up. When the end comes, what is left, is my soul. The money……. Can’t do a thing with it when I am gone. Those relationships, I will be but a memory. My true sin, the wage of my sin, the sin I am working hard for…… leads me to finality, death. But through JESUS, I not only receive a “whole healed, put together life, right now but more and more and more life everlasting; eternity with hopefully all those I love joined together.
I have been asked by family members and some friends: why are you into this JESUS so much? This about sums it up. In my heart, in my brain and in my soul I say, HOW CAN I NOT?????
I am Deni, short for Denise. I grew up in a Jewish home, in a Jewish neighborhood and a Jewish family. In 3rd grade we moved. We moved to a mostly non-Jewish area.... that is where JESUS found me. I say found me because I yet had not acknowledged it, but would find out later.......by grace, HE HELD ME ALL ALONG, just a lil Jewish girl from Philly.