This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.
Twelve days ago our washing machine broke. The good news was…we have a warranty which the salesman assured us would provide us with “peace of mind” in the unlikely event that anything ever went wrong. And so, twelve days ago my wife called the store where we made our purchase and proudly announced, “We have a warranty. When can you send somebody to repair it?”
“Let me find your records,” said the store clerk. “Hmmm, can’t seem to find it. You’ll have to send us your copy of the warranty.”
“Well, unfortunately,” said my wife. “We can’t find it. I’ll have to call you back.
Back and forth through the chain of command, supervisor, department manager, and store manager, and all with the same response, “We’re sorry, but we can’t find a record of your purchase.” Fortunately our bank records proved such a purchase was made but that was insufficient to get the help we needed, or should I say, promised.
Yesterday, my wife voiced her complaint to a higher power. She stopped what she was doing, got alone with God, and told Him about her frustration. Then she called the corporate office and requested to talk to the person in charge. Now, I don’t think she made it to the CEO, but she must have hit somebody pretty far up the management chain. Within seconds the missing records miraculously appeared and today a repairman is finally coming to give us, “peace of mind.”
A segment of today’s focus scripture brought the previous story to mind. “He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.” Surely you have thought about life “in Christ” but have you ever thought about “life through Christ?” That is, all roads to God’s promises and blessings lead “through Christ.”
In my grandmother’s senior years she complained that she had trouble remembering and finding things. When she lost something she would ask God to show her where to find it. Without fail she would go right to the missing item and declare, “God did it again.” Admittedly, I thought those little prayers were silly. I reasoned that she would have probably found it anyway. Now that I’m older I have come to realize that what I was seeing was a woman who had a genuine faith relationship with the Lord. Her path to getting what she needed always came “through Christ.”
Most of us take only the big things to God yet we are told that “in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” (Phil. 4:6) We go down far too many roads without going through Christ first. Just as in any close personal relationship we should be sharing even the trivial matters with God. “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.” (Eph. 6:18)
Maybe we think that God has more important things to do than to bother Him with our little concerns. We see God like the boss who only wants to be bothered with really important matters. In reality, God wants us to bring it all to Him. Our cares, dreams, burdens, questions, frustrations…He wants to hear about them all.
Whenever I go back to my hometown in Strasburg, Virginia, I must first pass through Woodstock and Toms Brook. There are other roads that lead there, but I know that to be the most direct and problem free route. The most direct path to the help that you need in this life is through Christ and, of course, going through Him is…the only way home.
Eternal life is not just the gift of God for tomorrow but it is also for today. “This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.” The way to God’s riches, promises, and blessings for now and forever lead “through Jesus.” As long as all roads lead through Him you will always be headed in the right direction. All roads, even those little side roads that don’t seem to matter, matter to God.
For more on God’s involvement in our lives read this: How God Works for Us Behind the Scenes
Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 1 (January – March) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.