Thursday, May 24, 2012

The End of Futility

Before you knew Jesus, did your life seem futile or meaningless?  Did you seek happiness and pleasure only to find that what you thought would fill you, left you hungering for something more? 

When God spoke to Ezekiel, foretelling His plan and what He would accomplish in Christ, He spoke of a new humanity. One that is clean. One that has been given a new heart and a new spirit and has been joined to God forever through His Holy Spirit.  But the story doesn't stop there.  The end is not our transformation.  The end is so much more.

"Thus says the Lord God: “On the day that I cleanse you from all your iniquities, I will also enable you to dwell in the cities, and the ruins shall be rebuilt. 34 The desolate land shall be tilled instead of lying desolate in the sight of all who pass by. 35 So they will say, ‘This land that was desolate has become like the garden of Eden; and the wasted, desolate, and ruined cities are now fortified and inhabited.’ 36 Then the nations which are left all around you shall know that I, the Lord, have rebuilt the ruined places and planted what was desolate. I, the Lord, have spoken it, and I will do it.”
37 ‘Thus says the Lord God: “I will also let the house of Israel inquire of Me to do this for them: I will increase their men like a flock. 38 Like a flock offered as holy sacrifices, like the flock at Jerusalem on its feast days, so shall the ruined cities be filled with flocks of men. Then they shall know that I am the Lord.”’” Ezekiel 36:33-38

Can you hear the heart of God?  Futility has ceased in Christ.  Our work now remains, forever. Not only are we transformed, we get to be apart of something so much bigger than ourselves.  We get to be apart of rebuilding ruins and desolations. We get to see restoration. We are get to be apart of wasted and ruined cities being strengthened and fortified.  What is this saying?  We get to be apart of lives being rebuilt and societies being transformed.  And how does this transformation take place?  Through the inner transformation of each person's life and then the ripple effect of that transformation to those around them.  One person at at time, surrendering to Jesus Christ, being made new by God and living out this newness on the earth.  This new humanity becomes a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God.  A flock whose shepherd is the Lord.

He makes us lie down in green pastures.  He restores our souls.  What a gracious God we have.


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