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Jul 24, 2014, 2:36 PM 1


Somewhere across the universe, at this exact moment in time, stars are dying and collapsing and exploding, sending their material into the vast darkness where at precisely the right moment, they condense in upon one another and in time, a new star bursts forth. When eons have passed, it too collapses in upon itself and the cycle begins again. Nothing is wasted.

The universe is a perfect engine of recycling, ever transforming, ever renewing itself. Everything lives on God’s heart beat; the driving rhythm of existence. I have often heard preachers say that the universe and this world of ours is flawed, or “fallen”. But that’s simply incorrect. Our planet functions with perfect precision. The weather, the tides, all the cycles of nature - if left alone- functions with amazing precision and efficiency. Everything in this universe, this world, is perfect…except for one thing. Us. We humans are the only imperfection in God’s perfect realm. “We” are the cancer-cell, the flaw in the diamond.

And why? Because unlike animals that live by instinct, we have the power of choice, and since man’s heart is perpetually evil…”For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.” (Romans 7:18-20). Paul is basically saying: “I’m far from perfect.” Does God expect us to be perfect? Of course not. That’s like asking a cat not to be curious. So if we can’t be good, not all the time 24/7, then how can imperfect man become perfect and rejoin the natural state of God’s creation?

God made a plan to correct our bad choices. God, who is perfection, became flesh like us, and provided a way for us to become flawless, blameless, pure – holy. God desires to make you into something better than your flawed state. “For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.” (John 3:16, Amp).

The Gospel (which literally means “good news”) gets so overly complicated sometimes with “religion” that we fail to see the simplicity – the absolute perfection - of it. Read the proceeding paragraph again. Dwell on every word. Read it seven hundred and seventy-seven times if you have to. Just make sure you don’t miss it. It’s a perfect plan for imperfect creatures. May the perfect peace of Christ be with you.

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