Age certainly has a way of making me take trips down memory lane. Now, as a grandmother and great-grandmother I can reflect back to all of (what I thought to be) sage advice I gave to my daughters and grandkids. Some of the advice was heeded, some was taken half-heartedly, some ignored and the remainder was taken with a roll of the eyes! This same reflection makes me realize that as a child of God, I have reacted the same way to my Heavenly Father.
From the time our children are toddlers we begin teaching them. We react to what they do, either in a positive way or in a negative way. If they are to close to the fire, we grab them and try our best to make them understand it will cause them great pain. We smack their little hands when they reach for that glass vase, or the wobbly table they are trying to climb. We give them rules and expect them to follow them because as a parent we know what is best for our little ones. Our own experiences have shaped many of our decisions and we want to protect our children from unfavorable consequences. We set up the boundaries and we tell them what the penalties will be when the rules are broken. We love them and we forgive them.
It sounds very familiar doesn’t it? Mankind has been breaking the rules since the beginning of time and will continue to do so until the end of time.
Sometimes I start to struggle. I feel weak and I get edgy when I look at all of my shortcomings, when I know I have broken so many of the “Thou shall not’s”. Yet in the same book of sacred scripture which reminds me of the “Thou shall not’s” I read of Christ in me (us), the hope of glory. Col 1:27 I read of grace and mercy and a whole lot of second chances with repentance and forgiveness and once again my spirit is revived. Once again I am reminded of the hope and love and future glory away from the trials of this broken world.
I love the following devotional from Charles Spurgeon…
“Perfect in Christ Jesus.”
Do you not feel in your own soul that perfection is not in you? Does not every day teach you that? Every tear which trickles from your eye, weeps “imperfection”; every harsh word which proceeds from your lip, mutters “imperfection.” You have too frequently had a view of your own heart to dream for a moment of any perfection in yourself. But amidst this sad consciousness of imperfection, here is comfort for you—you are “perfect in Christ Jesus.”In God’s sight, you are “complete in Him;” even now you are “accepted in the Beloved.” But there is a second perfection, yet to be realized, which is sure to all the seed. Is it not delightful to look forward to the time when every stain of sin shall be removed from the believer, and he shall be presented faultless before the throne, without spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing? The Church of Christ then will be so pure, that not even the eye of Omniscience will see a spot or blemish in her; so holy and so glorious, that Hart did not go beyond the truth when he said—”With my Saviour’s garments on, Holy as the Holy One.”
Then shall we know, and taste, and feel the happiness of this vast but short sentence, “Complete in Christ.” Not till then shall we fully comprehend the heights and depths of the salvation of Jesus. Doth not thy heart leap for joy at the thought of it? Black as thou art, thou shalt be white one day; filthy as thou art, thou shalt be clean. Oh, it is a marvellous salvation this! Christ takes a worm and transforms it into an angel; Christ takes a black and deformed thing and makes it clean and matchless in His glory, peerless in His beauty, and fit to be the companion of seraphs. O my soul, stand and admire this blessed truth of perfection in Christ.