Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Recovery in the BIble (RIB)
When I heard about this, I thought, “God is like that!” Every human is born with the tendency to “dis” what God recommends. The serpent in Eden said God couldn’t have meant what He said about the fruit -- surely He won’t mind, and so our ancestors ate of it.
Today that same serpent takes many forms, but still manages to trick us into thinking God couldn’t mean …. surely He won’t mind. After all, we assure ourselves, God is love, and we are His children! Not…. In fact, God, who IS in charge, sent Jesus to tell us that we are NOT God’s children, but His creations.
We are born with the curse we inherited, an indwelling sin disposition called “self.” It is that curse Christ came to reverse. His “fleece” is available for every orphaned lamb, though rarely do we know it. Hungry and dying of thirst, we orphaned lambs start bleating our heads off. Then and only then, it seems, do we become willing to come under the Fleece of the Lamb. His “fleece” makes us acceptable for adoption back into God’s family. We are now, finally and at last, truly God’s children. Not because of what we’ve done, but simply because, and only because, we are covered by the Fleece of the Lamb.