The first night there, as I lay on unwashed sheets (No, I’m not making this up!) I began repeating to myself, “Paul was chained to a dead man…Paul was chained to a dead man.” I began to praise God for being in a home at all, for experiencing the love of this family, and for the joy and honor of ministering in Jesus’ name in the first place.

 

I’m not saying this to pat myself on the back, but to make a point. Jesus said we would be blessed (filled with joy!) if we remembered “these things.” Whether we are writers, speakers, musicians, or the sweeper at the local A & P, we are to remain humble and servant-like. We are to remember what Christ did for us—leaving behind His home in Heaven and His being with the Father—to come to be with us with an express purpose: to save us from our own sins and for ultimate destruction.

 

While We Were Still Sinners

 

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

 

More lovely still is that the faultless Christ did not come because mankind had reached a level of perfection, but rather in our imperfection He saw fit to bring us back to Himself.




Award-winning national speaker Eva Marie Everson is a recent graduate of Andersonville Theological Seminary. Her work includes the upcoming Sex, Lies and the Media (Cook) and The Potluck Club (Baker/Revell) She can be contacted for comments or for speaking engagement bookings at www.evamarieeverson.com.