Reconciliation with God

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Whenever I think about my childhood, I usually ponder upon all the happy moments. I believe that there is a kind of bliss that can only be experienced while young, and that can never be relived ever again. But now that I am writing about this topic, I remember another important ingredient that became a part of my growing-up years – "house rules.”

House rules are meant to guide the whole family, especially the young ones, to do what is appropriate. Now imagine what would happen on one Saturday afternoon where the mother, after finishing with the weekly general house cleaning, would see one of her little boys enter the bedroom with mud all over his body. Certainly, she would get to her son as quickly as she can and give him a bath before letting him roam around the house again.

Now this may not be a perfect illustration for this topic, but I’m sure that you will be able to understand why I mentioned about it.

Sooner or later, all of us are going to experience death. Our bodies, as beautiful as it may be, are also fragile and temporary. God knows that, and that is why He promised to someday replace this corruptible body with an incorruptible one, a body that is glorified and is immortal (1 Cor. 15:54). Likewise, since our world will not last, He prepared us a new home, a new heaven where there are many mansions (John 14:2), and a new earth where there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying and pain (Rev. 21:1-4).

These promises are our only hope in this very short life that we have. But unfortunately, man left in his original state is not worthy to receive any of these blessings. We have Adam's sin (Rom. 5:12) and our own sinfulness to blame for making us fall short from the glory of God (Rom. 3:23). As a result, we were alienated from Him (Col. 1:21), and became His enemy. Yes, we are God’s enemy. Chapter 5 verse 10 of the Book of Romans clearly spoke about it. We can insist that God loves us (John 3:16), but do we really think that God will allow sin to enter His Kingdom?

Of course not! We need to be reconciled with God first. We have to, if only to spare us from God’s wrath (John 3:36), God’s judgment (Rom. 2:5), and the eternal lake of fire (Rev. 20:15). We need to be saved from this very sin that will permanently separate us from God.

We can’t do it on our own; we need Jesus Christ (Acts 16:30, 31). We can’t do it by our own efforts; it’s by God’s grace (Eph. 2:8, 9). We can’t do it after we die; our only chance is now (Heb. 9:27).

And just like the little boy in the story, who must be bathed first before beng allowed inside his parent’s house, so must we also be cleansed first before being counted worthy to enter God’s Kingdom – our eternal home.

“For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” (Rom. 5:10 KJV)

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