Thursday, December 10, 2015

Hidden Under Piles of Ill-Fitting Religion and Theology~

Several years ago while shopping an after-Christmas sale, I stumbled onto a priceless treasure. I was digging through a huge bin of marked down T-shirts when I saw a navy blue one peeking out from near the bottom of the pile. Since blue has always been my color of choice, I decided this shirt was worth going after. After several minutes of elbowing my way through a sea of shirts, the one that caught my eye was finally within my reach. As I picked it up, I turned it over and looked at the front.

To my surprise, the design on this T-shirt was that of the manger scene. Little baby Jesus was fast asleep in his small cradle, with Mary tenderly seated as his side. As beautiful as this was, more beautiful yet, were the six words printed boldly in white above the picture.

His Destiny was to Change Ours

Here was the true meaning of Christmas spelled out for all to see and yet up until now, this T-shirt had slipped by totally unnoticed and completely unseen, buried at the bottom of a clearance bin! As I stood there, surrounded by a crowd of noisy, energetic shoppers, I felt a hush come over my soul.

Day in and day out we elbow our way through life in an effort to reach our goals, get ahead, succeed, and find true happiness. Digging through the bin of life, we proudly grab these surface level bargains, settling for the leftovers of this world, all the while missing out on our true destiny.

We go to church and accept the surface level truth of Christ's birth, yet never realize that the very essence of Christ and the purpose of his arrival as a tiny baby may still remain buried under piles of ill-fitting religion and theology. How we need to dig deeper, to search more, to grasp the almost incomprehensible ......His destiny was to change ours!


Yes, Christ came to earth as a baby to ultimately die on the cross, making a way of forgiveness, atonement and salvation for us. There is no denying this life-giving truth. Our final and ultimate destiny is to be with him in Heaven through out all eternity. But what about here? What about now?

One of my favorite verses is John 10:10b:
 "I have come that they might have life, and have it more abundantly." KJV

If ever a verse described the destiny of Jesus as it relates to our own, this is it. He came that we might have life and have it more abundantly. Life eternal is most definitely part of the abundant part, but our destiny doesn't begin once our time on this earth is over. NO! Our destiny changes the moment we turn our life over to Christ.

Our can'ts become cans.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. 
~Philippians 4:13

Our defeats become victories.

We are more than conquerors through Christ who loves us. 
~Romans 8:37

Our trials become treasures.

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose. 
~Romans 8:28

Our desires become reality.

Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.
~ Psalms 37:4

I'm so glad I caught a glimpse of blue peeking out from the bottom of that bin of marked down T-shirts. Yet no happiness in the world will ever begin to match the joy I now feel since I caught a glimpse of my true destiny in Christ.

When it comes to shopping, you will still find me searching through clearance bins in hopes of finding a bargain, but thanks be to God, you will never, ever find me digging through the bargain bins of life or poking through the discounted racks of religion and theology.

I have discovered my true destiny and I'm not settling for anything less than God's best for me!

 I am not going to wait until I die to truly start to live. I am going to live the abundant life now! 
I am going to reach out with every bit of my heart, mind and soul and grab onto the treasure I have in Christ. I am going to start living out my Christ-given destiny.

How about you?

And you shall seek me, and find me, when you shall search for me with all of your heart.
~Jeremiah 29:13







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1 comment:

  1. I do LOVE your thought-provoking posts....thank you.
    This one is one to be treasured and re-read each Christmas please.

    May God BLESS you as you remember His coming as a babe in a manger, yet recognised by those who had been watching and waiting for Him for so long.

    Mary xx

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