By: Danny Wallace
Let’s face it, no matter what we do or say we can never win man’s consistent, abiding, and unrelenting approval. If life is like a vapor, then receiving approval from our fellow man is truly the morning fog that meets the morning sun. It is with us one moment and gone the next. If man’s approval is what we seek we will always have an empty hole in our heart that may have been full for a season, but echoes with emptiness in the moment when we need it most.
Things are different with God. His Grace is more than amazing and His love never falters. He is the only One who truly knows us, and yet, He loves us without any condition attached to the gift of that love. He is with us on the day of our greatest achievement and He is holding our hand and brushing away our tears on the day of our very worst mistake. Our Papa never fails.
Servitude to religion’s continued agenda is for man, not our Papa. Are the rules of religion important? Is it really that important to cross the T’s and dot the I’s?
Yes. So important, in fact, that Jesus formed a great “T” with His outstretched arms and said with the sacrifice of His own life, “They are so important that ‘I’ will fulfill the entire Law for you. Now and forevermore, the ‘I’s’ are dotted and the ‘T’ is crossed in a fashion that no man’s life can achieve.”
Someone reading these words today has been declared not quite up to par by someone who deems themselves to be just that in God’s eyes. You have made the mistake we all make at one time or another in our lives. You have trusted in the approval of man as somehow being a validation of God’s love and sustaining Grace for you. Don’t beat yourself up. As I said, we’ve all done it. At the end of the day we all need to matter. Trust me when I tell you – ”You matter!”
Today Jesus speaks softly above the high noise of our ministries. His tender voices rises higher than our expectations, our books, and our spiritual gifts could ever reach. Listen, for in the midst of all the clatter of man’s attempt to climb the earthly ladder of Apostolic superiority you just might miss it. It is as soft as the whimper of a newborn baby and yet as powerful as the greatest of oceans waves. It is the voice of Grace. Today it whispers these words to your heart. ”In you, my Father is well pleased.”
Never abandon human relationships. It is important to understand that we are all here for only two reasons. Either we speak encouragement and hope into someone’s life today, or they definitely speak into ours. Don’t make the mistake of reaching for the frailty of flesh when only the supernatural power of the Spirit will suffice.
Every man, no matter how honorable his intentions, will fail us. Therefore, being flesh and blood ourselves, we will likewise, fail them. The Good News is that Jesus never fails anyone! The Promise Maker is the Promise Keeper. His love is from everlasting to everlasting. All of Hell itself may be coming at you today, but do not fear. The roar of Hell is a grand illusion. There is One standing up for you today whose testimony is holy and beyond reproach. Jesus has stepped forward today on your behalf.
TODAY, Jesus has whispered your name. All of the armies of opposition against you are bound by His gentle whisper on your behalf. Jesus says, “This child is of royal blood. The lineage from which this child transcends is rare indeed. This child’s papers are sealed with a royal stamp, made crimson by Jehovah’s insurmountable, and incomparable blood. These are my words, and as such, they are beyond contestation.”