Today I have been reminded how rich and full life can truly be. This past week we had a Gospel Meeting with Ken Weliever from the Hickman Mills church of Christ in the Kansas City area. I first met Ken years ago when I was in college. I went to school with both of his children. His daughter, who is my age was giving birth to his first grandchild while he was here preaching for us. It was amazing to praise God with him over this bountiful blessing. It warmed my heart to see the love that filled his heart just thinking about that new baby boy waiting to see him. This morning I got to see a picture of him holding his grandson for the 1st time. You would have to have a heart of stone not to be moved by the photo. How truly awesome God is.
It was an unusually quite morning. Everyone slept in. Normally the three of the four kids are up by 6:30. But, not today. So, I snuck out the door and hit the gym early. Upon my return I was met by several happy birthdays. Covered in sweat and rather smelly, my youngest wanted to give me a big hug and kiss. At the age of 36 I have learned more and more each day how truly blessed I am. A “fellow saint” blessed me with a generous birthday gift yesterday. This “fellow saint” didn’t identify him/herself. They just wanted to let me know how appreciated I was. My parents, still trying to be mom and dad sent me a gift I wasn’t expecting. And my kids made me a birthday card, calling me a rather cool father. I’ll take that any day. Yes my friends God is good.
But, his goodness is not limited to physical blessings, nor should those physical blessings be seen as the “best” part of my day. II Cor. 6:2 is one of my favorite verses in the bible. Ask anywhere I have preached over the years and I am sure they will tell you I quote this verse a lot. Here Paul says, “Behold, now is the day of salvation.” Today is the day of my salvation. Every day I wake up is my day of salvation. What an awesome way to view life. Every day I get to wake up with a clean slate. Every day I get to wake up and have my “Groundhog Day.” (Groundhog Day was that Bill Murray movie in which he lived the same day, Groundhog day, over and over again until he eventually got it right.) I don’t have to live with the mistakes I have made in the past. And believe me there are many of them. My past indiscretions of gluttony, outbursts of wrath, lust, greed, etc are just that… past indiscretions. Because I have an advocate in Jesus Christ (I John 2:1-2) I don’t have to worry about my sins anymore. I simply need to bow my heart and confess them to God (I John 1:9). My heart will be made whiter than snow and I will be called righteous, even though I did nothing to earn it (Rom. 4:7-8). The guilt that we often carry around is unnecessary. God’s Son died so that I don’t have to. As Paul said, “Wretched man that I am! Who can save me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ (Rom. 7:24-25)!” The torment, the regret, the self abasement, it is all unnecessary. Because God loves me. God poured forth this love through his Son. God granted me forgiveness of sins… every day. Yes, my friends… today is the day of my salvation. And what a great day it is!