Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Do You Know What It Means?

Last night on an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Lt. Cmdr. Data was asked if he knew what desire meant. Just in case you are unfamiliar with the character of Lt. Cmdr. Data, portrayed by Brent Spiner, he is an android, a machine that looks almost like a human. He has a computer brain, so in that sense, he is a genius. But he is not human and therefore he can not "feel" human emotions. When asked what desire was, he gave a perfect, text-book definition for it...to want, to long for. But when asked if he really knew what desire was, he had to conclude that he did not, because he could not really "feel" desire, he only knew the definition. What is a Christian? Do you know? Do you really know?

I believe being a Christian is more than just knowing what it means. I have learned more about it each day as I walk closer to Jesus. Being a Christian is a lifestyle. It is an intimate relationship with the Creator of the universe. It is something that we can feel, not just know. Oh how sweet and comforting it is to really feel Jesus. I know Him personally, and our relationship grows everyday. Living the Christian life does not mean one has to be perfect and without mistakes. The Bible is clear that nobody is perfect, and we have all sinned. But don't let that sin stop you from trying to become closer to Him. Jesus shed His precious blood on Calvary, and that one act of love was sufficient to forgive all our sins: past, present, and future. Sinning is like dirtying up a window. The longer is gets dirty, the harder it is to see through it. Walking with Jesus and asking for His forgiveness is like cleaning that window with Windex. Sure, the window will continue to get dirty. There's no way to stop that. But God is willing to wipe it clean every time we ask Him. What an amazing God we serve!

I John 1:9 says, "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."

Father, please forgive me for my sins and teach me to repent. Thank you for sharing Your Son with me and for wanting to live every moment by my side. Help me to share Your Good News with everybody. In Jesus name, Amen.

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