Saturday, May 30, 2020

Get Back UP!!


My five-year-old niece is an adventurous leader. Before she could walk she ran, which made for a lot of falling. Sometimes she got right back up but other times she needed to be picked up, dusted off, and set back on her feet. There was one time in particular when she wasn’t being careful while walking down the stairs, she fell- hard. She got up but slowly feeling the pain of the tumble. Hours after the fall it became clear my niece was more hurt than we thought. Glory be to God, at the doctor’s office it was determined she was fine; with rest she would be as good as new. And she has been: she’s bright, beautiful, precocious, and a great spiritual lesson; we all fall down but we must get back up. 



“For though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again.”

(Proverb 24 vs. 16)


Jesus came into the world bringing redemption, pardon, and salvation. Time and time again Jesus forgave sinners out casted from society and shamed for their sins. Afterward cautioning them to go and sin no more. Divine forgiveness, the Grace, comes with the opportunity to live whole; it doesn’t free us to return to a sinful life. I heard it beautifully articulated once that ‘we cannot experience the transforming power of forgiveness without being forever changed.’ When we come to Christ we no longer have the desire to return to the sinful lifestyle.



But what happens if you get lost along the way?


All sin and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3 vs. 23), We may slip but The Lord upholds all who fall (Psalm 145 vs.14).


One of my absolute favorite teachings was told by Jesus Himself- the parable of the prodigal son. The younger son lived in the comfort of his home with his father & brother; for whatever reason he decided to leave his home after asking his father for his half of the estate. Out in the world he enjoyed his money and the pleasures it afforded him. When he had depleted all he had and “began to be in need,” he hired himself out as a servant, doing the same task the servants in his father’s home performed. Coming to this realization he went back to his father, believing he would not and could not be received as a son but would accept to be hired on as a field hand. However, while he was on his way back home his father saw him and ran to great him. Though he acted foolishly and maybe deserved to be shunned, his father received him with love, mercy, and rejoicing.


The prodigal wasn’t the first or the last son to go astray but it wasn’t too late for him to go back home and it’s not too late for us. He was ashamed of his-self and felt unworthy to return to his father because of how unwise he was in his actions; he was brought back by need. Though his father saw him, ‘while he was still a long way off.’ This is what I love most about this parable, even though the son was long gone his father never stopped looking, waiting, or expecting his return. His father had not given up on him. This is a profound illustration of how faithful God is, always waiting for the homecoming of the stray sheep.


For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found (Luke 15 vs. 24).”


Don’t Stay Down Get Back Up


Do not be overcome by shame for what you have done, whom you have been, or of whom you are in this moment; that’s what sin desires of you. The irony of sin is that it keeps you away from the one person that can set you free from it. At the house of the Pharisees Simon, the sinful woman washed, dried, kissed, and anointed the feet of Jesus. This woman knew her sins, as did Jesus, and the guest at the feast but she didn’t hide from the only person who could deliver her; she sought Him out. Don’t run from Jesus, He is humble, gentle at heart, and always waiting to receive those who seek Him with forgiveness and grace. 1 John1 vs. 9 says, “if you confess your sin, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” There is always a place for those who acknowledge their shortcomings before The Lord. The blood of Jesus washes sins that are scarlet red to white as snow. If you confess your sin and show true repentance you can be forgiven.


No one is perfect or immune from sin but like the prodigal son we mustn’t stay down when we fall, we have to get back up. I thank God every day for redemption, Jesus didn’t just redeem me on the cross but everyday His blood forges me into someone better than the day before. Some days, some seasons I need His grace just a little bit more than others but God is faithful to provide it. 


If you’re in a season of your life that you find yourself afar off from God know that He sees you. God is waiting to receive you back home with open arms and all the angels in heaven will rejoice at your return. You may have taken a nasty fall but remember a saint is just a sinner who fell down and got up.


“I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent (Luke 15 vs. 7).”

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