December 8

Isaiah 61:8-11

“For as the earth brings forth its shoots, and as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring up, so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring up before all the nations.” vs. 11

For years believers have confessed in worship, “We are by nature sinful and unclean,” not realizing what an affront that statement is to our Creator. Do we really believe that the Lord of the Universe created us to be naturally sinful? Of course we can find verses in scripture that affirm such a notion, but the overriding testimony of Genesis paints a different picture. “And the Lord God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good!” We bear in our DNA the image of our Maker, and have been created to bring goodness and righteousness to the world, and THAT is our natural inclination, and not sin. Of course we recognize that we do behave poorly and regularly fall away from our calling, but that does not negate the potential for beauty and love that has been sown in every human heart. Sustained by the unremitting and unconditional forgiveness that is ours through Christ Jesus, we are the source of goodness for the nations. It is said that “an apple doesn’t fall far from the tree,” and that is certainly true for the children of God. The seeds of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, and gentleness have been sown in our hearts, and by the power of the Holy Spirit we can and do produce incredible fruit.

Thought for the Day: When am I at my best?

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