Inspired by... grace
This post is actually about the smell of rotting flesh, but I thought putting that in the header might scare some of you off. Hmm... perhaps I should have waited until further down to mention it... maybe this picture will entice you to keep reading!!!
This is a Stapelia blossom, currently blooming on my mom's back porch. It is a succulent, sometimes called Starfish Flower and sometimes called, Carrion. As in dead.rotting.meat. Why? You've probably already guessed. Because that is exactly what it smells like.
Right. But isn't it beautiful? My mom is willing to put up with the smell, because of the beauty of the blossom.
Some people think God is like my mom.
Willing to ignore the rotting smell of our (sinful) flesh because He loves us so much.
This particular passage in Ezekiel is God's judgment on Egypt. But there are plenty of examples in the Old Testament where He dealt just as harshly with His people. Even a cursorily read through the Bible will tell you that God takes sin seriously. When I read these passages I am so thankful that we live under the covenant (agreement) of Grace.
That Jesus suffered the punishment for all my sin for me and when I accept what He did on the cross, God sees me as holy. It's like an exchange. Jesus took my sin and gave me His righteousness. Not a fair exchange, no. That's why it's called a sacrifice.
Do you sacrifice for your husband? your kids? Why? Because you love them, right? Do they always deserve it?
That's grace. Unmerited (unearned) favor.
Jesus is God's love for us in action.
"But God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8)
"For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God; not a result of works, so that no one may boast." (Ephesians 2:8-9)
I'm so thankful that God provided a way for me to exchange my rotting, sinful flesh for an incorruptible, immortal body.
"I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me." (Galatians 2:20)
God won't ignore my sin, but He did provide a way to remove it.
What are you thankful for today?
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