(continued from the list of lessons I’m learning in this move. For the first part, see here: https://quietambitions.wordpress.com/2013/11/18/lessons-im-learning-in-the-move/)
There’s a sign in the front yard of my Mississippi home right now. It is attached to a big yellow post and has several pieces of information on it. It also has a metal plaque at the very bottom which reads, “MUST SEE INSIDE!”
I’ve learned that the sign could apply to all kinds of things…and people. You never really know what a town, a house, or people are like until you’ve spent some serious time with them. You need time to see inside a person. Even then, we can only see what they allow us to see.
God, on the other hand, already knows exactly what each of us is like. It is the mark of the Creator, this knowing. Genesis 1:1 says, “In the beginning, God…” Oh, how I love that! God—at OUR beginning, not HIS!—created us in His own image. What a plan! What a gift!
Far from being a control freak about it all, however, He chose to allow us our own free will. That means that we’ve been free to make our own choices…and our own consequences. It also means that while we were made in His image…we’ve often managed to stray far from His original intent for us. We’ve chosen the lesser way time and time again over the centuries until we’ve managed to completely confuse what things are good and what things are bad. The only way to get those two straightened out is to, once again, line up with the image of the Creator God.
He’s made that as simple as He possibly can: He sent His own Son for us; He left us His Word in Scripture; He has sent us the Holy Spirit for guidance and comfort and intercession—even when we aren’t sure what to ask for anymore.
John 2:25 (ESV) says that Jesus “needed no one to bear witness about man, for he himself knew what was in man.” He knew man—and woman!—because He had created us. He knew then and He knows now exactly what we all need today…and tomorrow…and each and every day until we stand before Him one day in the future.
He sees inside! He knows everything. NOTHING is hidden from Him—regardless of what we have tried to hide even from ourselves. He sees inside.
For some of us, reading that is a comfort. For others, well…not so much. If you’re in that last group, there is still hope for you to find comfort in it. God loves you. No matter who, where, or how messed up you may think you are. He loves YOU. He loves you enough to wade into all the yuck and make a way for you to be clean again. All you have to do is ask Him to do it. Believe that He is who He says He is in Scripture and tell Him that you want Him to live inside you so you can live with Him forever.
It’s that simple. It’s that complicated. You have to choose.
Oh, yes! One more thing before you move on with your day: God isn’t really that interested in you picking a “religion” to live out in your life. This isn’t about that at all. He’s FAR more interested in having a personal relationship with you! Regardless of your choice, the people around you will make their own. They will choose their own path and they will know only what you show them. God, however, will always love you and He will always see inside.