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Y&F Day 20

Oct 28 2013

(End of Days)

“Our firm decision is to work from this focused center: One man died for everyone. That puts everyone in the same boat. He included everyone in his death so that everyone could also be included in his life, a resurrection life, a far better life than people ever lived on their own.

Because of this decision we don’t evaluate people by what they have or how they look. We looked at the Messiah that way once and got it all wrong, as you know. We certainly don’t look at him that way anymore. Now we look inside, and what we see is that anyone united with the Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new.

The old life is gone; a new life burgeons! Look at it! All this comes from the God who settled the relationship between us and him, and then called us to settle our relationships with each other. God put the world square with himself through the Messiah, giving the world a fresh start by offering forgiveness of sins.”

Remember that time when you were younger and your teacher asked you to draw a picture of your house and your family?

Most of us all started off well, drawing the grass and the sun, maybe some birds in the sky. And then a tree! Then we started with our family – a brother or sister, our parents, our cousins. A dog. Then came the moment when we realised we drew our Dad’s head the same size as the house – NOOOOO… all our efforts were ruined!

So what did we do? We scrunched up our piece of paper, threw it away, and started again on a fresh page.

It’s cool to think about God and how much love He has for us in this way too. Except that He – the Creator of the Universe and everything in it – know us and loves us so much that, even when we stuff up and turn our backs on him, He chooses NOT to screw up the paper of our lives and start again.

Instead, He draws Himself into the picture of our lives.

What an outrageous thought – the Creator living among those He created so that He could complete the Masterpiece that He started painting from the beginning of time! An immense portrait that is not of a sunset, or a mountain slope, or the perfect wave, or the stars in the sky. This Masterpiece portrait is of God the Creator in loving relationship with the crown of His Creation – you & me.

So today, be encouraged 🙂 if there are broken pieces in our lives – misshaped lines and mistakes – let’s give them to Jesus. God is the King at taking broken, ugly & ruined things – even people – and making a Masterpiece out of them.