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Friday, February 14, 2014

(40 Days of Focus) Day 40+1: "Taking it to the 'Limits'"

Read: “So then, ‘Whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’ But how can people call on him if they have not believed in him? How can they believe in him if they have not heard his message? How can they hear if no one tells {the Good News}?” (Romans 10:13-14, GW).
Think About It: “Limit passed away last night. Kidney failure. We just wanted you guys to know.” I stared into the computer screen as I read these words that robbed me blind of the air I had been breathing. A few months prior, I, along with a team from our church, had travelled over 8,000 to the nation of South Africa, seemingly at the bottom of the globe. Limit lived in one of the townships outside of Cape Town. He was young, full of energy and passion, and had a smile that was disarming, inviting, and quite contagious. A group of white Americans stood out like dandruff on a head of black hair as we walked the streets of Masi. Limit invited us into his small room. We talked. We listened to him as he showcased his talents of music, rhyme, and an ability to craft words together with the skill like that of a renaissance sculptor. Before leaving the southern tip of this African nation, I was blessed to know that Limit had acknowledged Jesus Christ as his Savior. As I stared in disbelief at the news of his passing, I was more overwhelmed by the peace of God as I pondered a single thought. “Even if for only one, thank You, God for the opportunity to go. Limit is with You.” 

Going Deeper: Paul’s letter to the Roman church was one that echoed the last words of Jesus spoken before He ascended into the heavens. “Go.” It was more than a suggestion and more than merely a command. It was revelation that would yield immeasurable results. God had a message for the world. It was a message that was signed in His Son’s own blood as He choose death on the cross, viewed as a curse, so that all who believed would know the truest meaning of freedom. Life without Christ is a life without freedom. It was never God’s design that those who had encountered this freedom first-hand to keep it to themselves as though it was secret to be locked away. He called them to “GO.” Paul’s letter reemphasizes the unshakable reality that if those who had been saved from the prison of their own sin didn’t share the knowledge of that freedom with others, then there might be those who never experience the same. Freedom is a choice. Jesus chose to purchase that freedom, but others must choose to receive that freedom. Others, still, must choose to ‘take to the limits” the message of freedom through Jesus.

Next Step: What if there was only one person that God had before you? The heart within you has been changed, renewed, and completely transformed by a love that is still greater than you’ll ever understand. That one person left has the same need for an eternal revolution. As God calls you to “take it to the limits” With His message of grace, liberation from shame, and fresh wind to fill the sails of one ready to soar towards the God-inspired future that awaits, the choice remains yours. What would you allow to stand in the way? Whether 8,000 miles on the other side of the world or eight houses down on the others side of the street, the choice is still yours. Remember what God has done in you. Now, take it to the “Limits.”

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