By John Grimm
“I am not good enough to be in heaven.”
Did that sound humble? For that is the truth. Admitting that I need a savior to come from heaven is a humbling statement. It is to admit that I have been an enemy of Jesus, an enemy of God! When we turn from our belly (which has become our god), and escape our shame (which we used to brag about), we also turn to heaven (before, our minds were focused on what is below our feet).
Turning to heaven is to turn where Jesus Christ is located now. We humble ourselves because we were not focused on his glory. Now that we have turned to heaven, we see that Jesus transforms us! As we continue to look to Jesus, he works so that we match up to his glorious body. Jesus does this work in us.
Jesus came the first time to die for our sins. Jesus will come the second time on this planet so that we may be fitted to live with him for all time. Between Jesus’ first and second arrivals on Earth, we decide. We choose either to humble ourselves or to not humble ourselves. The apostle Paul and numerous other Christians have given us examples to live. What will be our decision?
Father Almighty, we are getting to the point in which we know we need a savior. We are sinners. As we find healthy Christians in our midst, may we see how to stop living as enemies of the cross. Prepare us for Jesus’ second arrival on earth. Allow Jesus to use his power so we may match up with his glorious body when he returns. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.