…immersing in the dyes of God, taking-on the colors of God
Have you given any thought as to what God wants? What does God want from you?
Each of us is born into this one world, one human race, with many similar basic needs, abilities and challenges. But we are not the same. As they say in Spanish, “Cada quien es un mundo.” Translation: “Each person is a world”. Or as another saying goes, “We are each a world unto ourselves”… a world apart. There is a huge mental world in the mysterious cavern sitting on our neck.
We are each unique creatures birthed into flesh by God. Not from one mold, we differ, each one, by His creative design. We differ by the experience life throws at us. Very different. We see through different lenses – vastly differing cultures, vastly different influences.
Life happens to us in seemingly capricious episodes of contrasting good and evil,
good times – bad times,
happy, joyful – sorrowing, depressed
comfort – pain,
peace – suffering,
health – sickness,
wealth – poverty.
Some seem lucky, living healthy, living wealthy or living wise.
- Some seem to bear extraordinary pain, suffer extreme wrongs, live persecuted, sinned against severly.
God Revealed Himself
The common thread through all we experience is God Almighty. God has revealed Himself as Creator by the awesome universe and this world of constant wonders. Obvious to seeking minds, even our own body shows us intricate elements of intense design that only God could create.
The Bible is another way God revealed Himself to us.
Over the course of hundreds of years, God inspired men of God to write what would eventually contain God’s comunication to the world. And Jesus said – if you accept what I have said to you (through the Bible), and and if you follow what I have revealed to you (to all of us), then you will be “favored by God”. -Source: God’s message to the world
The Standard is set by God
I am frightened by the standard set by God for entrance into His Kingdom, into His Family. “Few there be that find it….” It is no small thing to be forgiven by God, accepted by God, made a child of God, to finally become a member of God’s family.
Salvation by Almighty God is done by Him as we give Him our all. If we do not respond by a life given-over completely to Him, then we are fooling ourselves. As stated by Christ (this is His teaching, not some tradition of a church):
Mark 12:28-31 28 One of the scribes came and heard them arguing, and recognizing that He had answered them well, asked Him, “What commandment is the foremost of all?” 29 Jesus answered, “The foremost is, ‘Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is one Lord;
30 and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” (And also: Deuteronomy 6:5; Luke 10:27)
This is not a religious thing (giving Him your all). This is the standard Jesus expressed.
I must give God all of me, not bits and pieces. I cannot live flippantly 1 blithfully unaware like some yo-yo head – up and down and all “around the world”, going wherever I am thrown (by yet another “doctrine”), totally absorbed by my own interests and thoughts, and giving God “short shrift“.
If I am serious about the salvation message of grace by Jesus, I will totally immerse myself in His ways, let Him change my ways.
Like a cloth being dyed 2, I will take-on the colors of God’s choosing. I am daily seeking to change my colors for His colors, and become a more complex and rich design of His, not my own. Less of me and more of Him.
God can change “our colors” – as easily as He has made all the animal colors. To vividly see the richness of God’s colors and designs, like how He creates a beautiful tapestry of our life, as He alone has done with the animal kingdom, click here: The best painter is definitely GOD. 🎨🥰
2 May mercy and peace and love be multiplied to you [filling your heart with the spiritual well-being and serenity experienced by those who walk closely with God]. (Jude:verse 2)
In the little book of Jude – God warns us that true faith in Christ will be (and is now being) distorted by people with fake faith: [Read more about “fake faith“]
4 For certain people have crept in unnoticed [just as if they were sneaking in by a side door]. They are ungodly persons whose condemnation was predicted long ago, for they distort the grace of our God into decadence and immoral freedom [viewing it as an opportunity to do whatever they want], and deny and disown our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ. (Jude:verse 4)
Do you “deny and disown” Jesus – by the life you lead? I don’t want to be characterized as a “hidden reef” – “[elements of great danger to others]… without fear, looking after [only] themselves; [they are like] clouds without water, swept along by the winds; autumn trees without fruit, doubly dead, uprooted and lifeless; 13 wild waves of the sea, flinging up their own shame like foam; wandering stars, for whom the gloom of deep darkness has been reserved forever….” (Jude:verses 12-13)
16 These people are [habitual] murmurers, griping and complaining, following after their own desires [controlled by passion]; they speak arrogantly, [pretending admiration and] flattering people to gain an advantage. (Jude:v16)
“In the last days there will be scoffers, following after their own ungodly passions.” 19 These are the ones who are [agitators] causing divisions—worldly-minded [secular, unspiritual, carnal, merely sensual—unsaved], devoid of the Spirit. (Jude:v18-19)
…to those who are defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure, but both their mind and their conscience are defiled. 16 They profess to know God, but by their deeds they deny Him, being detestable and disobedient and worthless for any good deed. – Titus 1:15-16
“For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” – Jeremiah 29:11