Today’s Thoughts, 1 Peter 1:18-23

by Pastor Lee Hemen
April 16, 2008

For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God. Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart. For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. (1 Peter 1:18-23)

America is a wonderful nation. There is nowhere else on the face of the earth whereby you can work hard, believe what you want, say what you want, freely vote for your representative government, and succeed. There truly is not a day that does not go by that I do not sit and thank the Lord for allowing me to be born in the greatest nation on the face of the earth – The United States of America.

Sadly, there are those who think that by simply being born here you are loved by God and therefore have a right to heaven. This is simply not true. The truth and hope of the gospel message is that anyone who is drawn by God, recognizes that fact, and comes to Christ will be saved. No national boundary or political proclivity holds any sway as far as the Lord is concerned. Only your faith and trust in His Son, Jesus.

There are also those who think that by their positions of power or authority, their wealth or intelligence that God smiles on them and they hold a special place in the heart of God. This too is spiritual blind arrogance. No amount of wealth, position of power, or great intellect holds a place for you in heaven. For if these things truly mattered to God, then Jesus did not have to come to earth.

In is “not with perishable things such as silver and gold that you were redeemed from your empty way of life.” In fact no special inheritance of saying you are part of God’s chosen people holds any specialty for the Lord either, for the “life handed down to you from your forefathers” is nothing to God. Only the “precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect,” that was “chosen before the creation of the world” to be your sacrifice matters to God. It is “Through  him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him” so that “your faith and hope are in God” alone and nothing else!

If you have come to a place in your life where you have openly confessed Jesus Christ as Lord, and you have believed in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. If you have, then “you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God!”

Being a good person, being a well off person, being an American, being an intellectual, being simple-minded, or just being nice does not and will not ever save anyone. You could spend your entire life saving the planet, chanting your mantra, trying to do the right thing and miss the most wonderful free gift of all that cannot be bought or earned.

But if you have received Christ and you know his still quiet voice as he abides in you through the Holy Spirit, then you can rest assured today that no matter where you live, what your ethnicity, status, what you earn, or how intellectual you are – you are free. You are his. You were bought with a price and you are one of his children forever. Isn’t it wonderful?!

NOTE: This article is copyrighted by Pastor Lee Hemen © 2008 and the property of Pastor Lee Hemen. You are welcome to copy it, email it, or use it but please if you copy it, email it, or use it you must do so in its entirety.

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