An Undeniable Desire

One way to proclaim the gospel is to appeal to an innate desire that mankind shares: man desires to be free from death and all that accompaines death. Death is not normal and everyone knows it.

If you find yourself longing for food because you experience hunger pangs, then there is a dinner table to satisfy you. If you find yourself cold and in need of comfort, there is a warm fireplace, a cozy couch and a quilt to snuggle. If you find yourself tired and exhausted there is a quiet room with a bed to rest the body and mind. And if you find yourself desiring a place with no pain, no injustice, no separation, no emotional chaos, no causes for groan and tears – and no death, there is a place of peace and rest and love and life that never ends. That place is in Jesus Christ: “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26).

Why must you die? Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved from the consequences of your sins (Ezekiel 18:31; Acts 16:31). You cannot deny what your heart truly craves; you were made to worship your God and enjoy Him forever. In the words of Augustine, “Our hearts are restless until they find rest in you.”

Our Prayer for today:

“Most gracious and loving Father in heaven, awaken sinners this day over all the earth to taste and see that the Lord is good. Cause hard hearts to beat with a passion to know Christ, your son whom you sent for the forgiveness of sins. Lead them to yourself and satisfy their desire to be at rest. In Jesus’ Name we pray, Amen.”

A Time to Begin

 

Hi everyone. Thanks for stopping by at the soundboard. As you can see from the catch-phrase, absorb grace – vibrate grace, my purpose for blogging is to share what God’s grace is doing in my life. Not that my life counts much – but God’s grace does, and is worth boasting about with all that I am: “But by the grace of God I am what I am and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me” (1 Cor. 15:10).

Like the soundboard of a guitar, I want to receive and absorb the grace that God plays into my life and then live out the life of Christ in such a way so that others can hear the music. But to really understand why it’s called grace, all you have to do is look at the recipient. As a poor sinner, I don’t deserve such kindness. And in light of my persistent struggle against sin, the fact that God still loves me through the death of his Son is no small thing; it’s Amazing!

Each week I plan to make 3 or 4 entries. For some time now, I’ve been reading from other bloggers that I admire and have taken in their wise counsel on what makes a good and helpful blog. By God’s grace I hope to serve and encourage you in the faith so that your life would “be to the praise of the glory of his grace” (Eph. 1).