Did He Die For You?

Did He Die For You?

I’ve noticed a common theme in some Christian fiction novels I’ve read lately. The theme is that Jesus died for sinners, no matter what. No. Matter. What.

This is not an uncommon theme. This is not a new idea. It’s what’s preached from the pulpit. It’s what countless fiction writers share in their stories and what Bible studies are made of. It’s the reason Jesus was sent to earth.

However, the point of the message has been lost on many. This theme has become necessary because there are people who still believe that Jesus’ sacrifice has a caveat. Not sure what I mean? Let me give you an example.

There was a scene in the Bible where the Pharisees brought forth an adulterous woman. Maybe you recall the people ready to throw stones. I’m sure you remember the poignant line that Jesus said:

“He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her” (John 8:7 KJV).

Why do we feel the need to place caveats on who can be saved? Why do we deem ourselves better than another and therefore more deserving of grace?

In fact, the Bible cautions against this.

“…but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves” (Philippians 2:3 KJV).

None of us are better than the next.

Lying, idolatry, homosexuality, adultery, gluttony, covetousness, lusting–I could go on–are not placed on different levels. We are not living a life in “Dante’s Inferno.” No, our God places all sins on the same playing field.

We are all sinners. Not one of us is better than another. Not one of us is more deserving then another. Not one.

Instead of thumbing our noses at one another, let’s be what God has asked us to be. The salt of the earth. The light on a hill.

There are people walking around in darkness, desperately searching for salvation but no clue where to receive it. They need a light to guide them. A light to show the way.

We are to be that light. A body of people who work together to show others the way. A body of people who will weep with others, rejoice with our neighbors, and love each other as we love ourselves.

Today, let’s put down our stones and shine His light.

 

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Toni Shiloh About Toni Shiloh

Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and Christian fiction writer. Once she understood the powerful saving grace thanks to the love of Christ, she was moved to honor her Savior. She writes to bring Him glory and to learn more about His goodness. You can visit Toni at her website.

Comments

  1. Very well said, Toni! What a good point to remember. Bless you!

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    Toni Shiloh

    Toni Shiloh Reply:

    Thank you, Cherie!

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  2. Joyce - Heart"wings" says:

    Excellent message, Toni! We should all be able to relate to what you are reminding us about. I especially like the (let’s put down our stones) statement. j

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    Toni Shiloh

    Toni Shiloh Reply:

    Thank you, Joyce!

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  3. Anita Klumpers says:

    Love this Toni. We all know this because the Bible is so clear. But I ALWAYS need to be reminded, because that ‘natural’ part of me that won’t be gone till glory still whispers that I’m not as bad as so-and-so. Thanks for a loving reminder!

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  4. Janet K Brown says:

    So true, Toni. Because we’re such bad judges, we forget that God loves us all & can often use the most unlikely of us for His purposes. If I ever doubt that, I can just look at my own life.

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  5. You’re welcome! I wrote it as a reminder for myself and I’m glad I did. Writing my thoughts always sticks with me. 🙂

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  6. Yes, let’s definitely put down the stones and instead take them by the hand and lead them to God’s grace.

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    Cherie Burbach

    Cherie Burbach Reply:

    Well said!

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  7. Toni Shiloh says:

    Love the imagery of hand in hand, Elle!

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