The Lost Coin
I was thanking God this morning for my religious friends, the ones whose concept of an angry God I often push back against. They cause me to again open up the good book and rediscover mine and humanity’s sonship in God.
The fact that we are already His own, born from above, whether we believe it or not, know it or not, feel it or not; that humanity’s beginning is in Him, and as Jesus shared with Nicodemus, confirmed in our realizing it!
In Christ we recognize our true beginning, as in the authentic original moment.
And like Nicodemus, we discover that God has no intention to condemn anyone… and never did. He sent his Son, not to be the judge, or be judged, not to condemn, but as the Savior of the world!
Yes much of the world is lost — which means that they belong and just don’t know it! They are precious in His sight but just don’t know it.
“The lost coin never lost its value or it’s true Design…” – Francois de Toit
We learn in John 3:13 with Nicodemus that no one can fully engage in heaven’s perspective unless one’s heavenly origin is realized! The Son of Man declares mankind’s Genesis is from above!
The Bible, as I once understood it, took me down many dead end roads filled with annoyances and hardships. But that’s because I was looking for life through the knowledge of Scripture. There is no life in Scripture, only religious arrogance and things to do. Scripture is either an invitation to become one with the Word, Jesus, or it puffs up.
We are born from above.
It is the Spirit that gives life to every man. And it is with the Spirit that we are caught off guard and surprised by the overwhelming love of God! And oh the joy of life in Him. It’s with the heart man believes. Truth resonates and our hearts burn!
I apologize on behalf of the church and religion for preaching a condemning and judgmental Poppa. By the use of Bible verses we, the church, have often skewed and distorted the always-and-ever good news of His image and likeness in us.
In recent years I’ve been discovering a good-getting-better gospel. And it began in my heart. My head wrestling all the way with Bible verses that I had completely misunderstood or had taken out of context.
Of late I have trusted my heart and am discovering daily and afresh the finished work of Christ in me and in my neighbor, who in his lostness hasn’t realized Him yet!
I pray wherever you are in your journey, that you would discover His likeness in you and your likeness in Him. May you know His affection and grow in His love.
My thoughts impacted by the Mirror Bible
Lloyd Clark is an entrepreneur, a former pastor, and a writer. He is passionate about being loved by our Heavenly Father and revealing that same love to everyone he meets. He and his wife Mary have 5 children and 7 grandchildren and live in North Carolina.
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