Our sugar cookies are cooling. It’s super fun to make cut out sugar cookies with two children and a toddler. And by fun, I mean, possibly never again. Flour and dough literally flying. I’m not sure they understand correctly the concept of making the dough “go as far as possible!” I had to chase my nine year old son through the house and drag him onto the balcony for a cool down before the cool down, giggles all the way. Don’t mess with mama.
Anyway, while I am waiting with great joy and anticipation for shenanigans surrounding the decorating part, I wanted to write a quick note of encouragement and share quickly what is on my heart this morning. Simply this:
We have such a worthy Savior.
A couple of nights ago, I rediscovered an old journal I started writing in back in 2004. As I reminisced page after page, I was blown away by the goodness and faithfulness of God. Nathan and I were newlyweds and the entries took me through the ups and downs of our life together. Crucial life decisions, financial stress, pregnancy scares, prayers for people God had placed in our lives for various reasons and time after time answered prayers. I cannot believe how far God has brought us and how much He has changed me. If you had asked me then, I would have thought I pretty much had my “Christianity” all figured out. How wrong I was! The truth is God, through His word, has worked miracles and moved mountains in my heart, broken me down and transformed my mind over these last twelve years, and even longer. It almost frightens me sometimes to think of how much more work He has to do to make me like His son, but I want Him to keep working on me. I grow more desperate for Him year after year. Truly, life in progress is my anthem.
But, I’ll tell you, what He has done in me and for me is NOT why He is a worthy Savior. He is a worthy Savior because of who He is. That GOD HIMSELF would choose to come to this broken world, broken because of the sin of mankind, and suffer and die for us is completely unfathomable when you pause for five minutes and let it soak.
He did not have to come. He did not even need us. God is God. He is completely HOLY, separate from all that is mortal and flawed. He needs no man. He needs no Jaclyn Rowe. The most amazing truth and why my heart so celebrates and worships Him — especially at Christmas — is that while He did not and does not need us, He chooses to WANT us. He chose to want me.
AND HE WANTS YOU.
That’s what Christmas and the Bible is about. God wants a family and He wants a relationship with YOU. Not a relationship with you through someone else — like a pastor, priest, speaker, teacher, friend or family member. He wants YOU. All of you. This year. For Christmas.
And He is worthy of all that you are. He has done EVERYTHING necessary to make that relationship and everything that comes with it; forgiveness, love, joy, peace, hope (blessing upon blessing and grace upon grace) possible for you here and now. The only thing between you and Him is a choice. Leave your sin and turn to Jesus. That’s it. Receive His gift of salvation. His death paid for your sin, but YOU must choose to believe and put your faith in Jesus alone, giving Him yourself.
From personal experience, I can tell you, there is nothing like doing life with Him because there is no one like Jesus. No one.
Have such a beautiful Christmas my friends. I pray your 2017 is like no other!
Now, pray for me as I go collect two children, a toddler, cookies, icing and sprinkles. Lord, be near me now…