Your Ticket Has Been Paid For
“If we confess our sin, He is faithful and just and will forgive our sin and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” -1 John 1:9
I have seen many blessing on my children and recall a time they were peering through a fence, longing to ride the rides and playing the games others were playing! Straining to see as much as they could and then a tap on the shoulder from a friend who said, “Would you like to go in? I’ve paid your way.” They were so excited as they walked through the gate and the sights and sounds surrounded them. To me it was joy to see someone give an invitation and pay the the way just as Jesus did.
Have you ever seen others enjoying a relationship with God but don’t know how to experience it for yourself and find yourself lingering outside with a longing in your heart.?
Sometimes we focus too much on our circumstances and blame God for the things that go wrong. Keeping focused on ourselves. Sometimes we keep God at such a respectable distance that He feels untouchable. Sometimes we realize our own lack of virtue and simply think it can’t be for us. Lots of reasons leave us peering longingly outside of God’s presence, but we don’t have to.
Our ticket was bought for you when Jesus died on the cross. “He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone.” -1 Timothy 2:6 Believe you are invited because the price has been paid. It was paid out of love for you! Believe His love is real and personal and choose to move from being a longing spectator into His presence. Don’t focus on yourself… focus on God and His forgiveness and His open arms! When you repent and simply say, “I’m sorry God, I’ve messed up. Please forgive me.” You take the ticket in your hand and enter through the gate. Then He cleanses, He renews, and He begins to rebuild.
Release your life and all your mistakes to God. Release your sin to Him. Answer the longing in your heart and know that you qualify to enter into a relationship with God… not because of you… but because of Him!
“We can never redeem ourselves; we cannot pay God the price for our lives, because the payment for a human life is too great.” -Psalm 49:7-8
Father God, I need you. I’m sorry for going my own way. Please forgive me. I don’t want to peer through the fence any longer. Thank you that you accept me right here, just as I am. Please begin your work of renewing and rebuilding in my life. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.