Truth be Told

“The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at Him.  They said, ‘He saved others; let Him save Himself if He is the Christ of God, the Chosen One.” – Luke 23:35

photo by Angie Lawlar

Boy, what a loaded verse!  People who did not know Him, yet despised Him, could not help but speak truth about Him.  Even in their sneers and spoken mockery, truth was told.  From their mouths: He saved, He is the Christ, He is the Chosen One.

Jesus, friend to sinners and physician to the broken, stood strong in His resolve to redeem us in our wreckage, despite the detestable display by those whose hands He allowed to beat His body and hang Him upon the cross.  Jesus saw past the junk, and kept His eyes on His Heavenly Father, knowing his mockers and murderers would soon know just how true their words had been.

He saved others.  You, me, and all who call on Him as our Savior and King, have been saved through the significance of His sacrifice for each of us, once and for all.

He is the Christ of God.  Sent as a baby, raised as a Son, gifted as a man, and at last returned to His rightful throne, seated beside God, the Father.

He is the Chosen One.  Set apart, yet among us, the only One to lead a blameless life, qualifying Him alone to be the Chosen One; the only One worthy to save our souls through His sacrifice on the cross.

Dear Heavenly Father, forgive us for our contributions that made the cross necessary.  Thank You that You provided a path for our redemption, restoring us again to a right relationship with You.  Teach us to treasure the gift of forgiveness that You have granted, and help each of us to hold You in the proper place in our lives and hearts.  May Your majesty move our lights to burn brightly, so that others too, might see the significance of those spoken words.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present

There is No Neutral

photo by Rudy Atallah

“He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me, scatters.” – Luke 11:23

“This is war, and there is no neutral ground.  If you’re not on My side, you’re the enemy; if you’re not helping, you’re making things worse.” – (The Message)

Idleness, the space of inaction, is a form of opposing the Omnipotent.  He calls us to move, to act in His loving kindness, sharing His light with the world.  If our light does not shine, we are living in and perpetuating darkness.  God is the Father of Lights, and in Him, there is no darkness.

After Jesus’ death, resurrection and ascension into heaven, He sent His Spirit, who is a light that cannot  be snuffed out.  If He dwells in us, He is our ever-present flame, present so that we may go out and illuminate the darkness.  Where there is light, darkness dissolves.  It is impossible for darkness to remain when light is present; which must be why He asks us to go and be a light unto the world.

Because our Heavenly Father loves us so immensely, how could we possibly refuse that which He is asking us to do?

Nothing – not fear, not fighting, not fleeing, nor lack of faith, can separate us from His love.  Knowing that, why would we run and hide?  For He has promised to remain present and be our guide.

The fruit of a life spent seeking the Savior, serving and loving like Him; yields an abundant harvest. He will take whatever we are able to give of ourselves, and make it great for the furthering of His kingdom. Every willing heart that acts, that takes the action that the Almighty is asking, is helping to gather, in His glorious grace. We have the privilege to be part of His plan!

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for sending Your Spirit to be our source and supply, our light and our guide, as we seek to serve.  May Your light burn brightly within us, so that we may illuminate the path that leads into Your loving arms.  As we receive Your mercy and grace each time we miss the mark, may we move forward and go forth to help gather as You ask.  Teach us, lead us and love us, so that we might shine brightly with Your light, before all who draw near.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present