Matthew 25:40 (Amplified)
And the King will reply to them, Truly I tell you, in so far as you did it for one of the least [in the estimation of men] of these My brethren, you did it for Me.
Romans 8:1-2 (The Message)
With the arrival of Jesus, the Messiah, that fateful dilemma is resolved. Those who enter into Christ’s being-here-for-us no longer have to live under a continuous, low-lying black cloud. A new power is in operation. The Spirit of life in Christ, like a strong wind, has magnificently cleared the air, freeing you from a fated lifetime of brutal tyranny at the hands of sin and death.
“Soul Surfer” (the inspiring true story of Bethany Hamilton) was on television a few nights ago. We have seen it at the theater, and we have also viewed it on DVD. I have even written about this movie in a previous post. By now, I am surprised we don’t own a copy. The nice thing about seeing a movie a second or third time is that you catch things that you didn’t discover the first time.
At the end of the movie, Bethany Hamilton who had lost her left arm in a shark attack, had finally made it to regional competition after much struggle to re-learn so many things having only one arm. As time was running out on the clock, and after several failed attempts to catch a wave, she felt something. She sensed the energy of a wave approaching, although the water was very calm. Her intuition answered true as a large wave surfaced and she mounted her board. However, the bullhorn exclaimed that time had run out, therefore, according to the judges of the competition, her spectacular exhibition “didn’t count.”
When she made it to the shore, she showed no appearance of disappointment, although her supporters were upset that her final “perfect” performance “didn’t count.” She confirmed confidently, “It counted.”
How many times have we done something that we thought didn’t count? The cool thing about God….He sees all, knows all, and recognizes our true heart. So, if you feel discouraged that something “big” you did….didn’t count….think again. God keeps the good scores of His children and throws out the bad scores. Come again? Yes, indeed, any small or big action you do in serving others, you have done for Him. On the flip side — when you sin – IT DOESN’T COUNT. Instead, HE SEES JESUS. That’s right….YOUR SIN DOESN’T COUNT once you have surrendered to Him and asked Him to be your Savior!
All that we need to know is that He sees all the GOOD we do for His Kingdom, even if the world doesn’t see it. In addition, He disqualifies our sin, because He QUALIFIED US THROUGH CHRIST AT THE CROSS! So, be ready to catch the next wave, He loves seeing us being perfected day by day through His perfect sanctification!
Thank you for Your precious mercy that my sin no longer counts because of the incredible sacrifice of your Son, Jesus Christ. May I rest in Your beautiful GRACE, although I never want to take Your priceless GIFT for granted. Thank You that you see my heart and every act of kindness and You smile….even if the credit of the world may not take place. Help me Father to make every second count in this life by sharing the TRUTH with the world.
In your precious NAME,