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September 10, 2008

There is a character on the show “Southpark,” (which I absolutely do NOT recommend watching, I am only using this as an example) that looks to me that he is overweight. But from what I have seen, it appears that he always says he is not, that he is just “big boned!” It seems like he does not own his life, and instead tries to make excuses. He fails to grasp what he is, and as a result does nothing about it.

Luke 18:9-14, Jesus tells a parable about two men who were praying. One was a Pharisee, and prayed an egocentric self-righteous prayer. The other was a tax collector (which was the worst of the worst sinners) and he prayed one line. “God, have mercy on me, a sinner.” (Luke 18:13) The bible then goes on to say that he was justified before God. Why was this prayer so powerful? The answer is simple: ownership. Here’s the kicker, it is not just because he accepted ownership of the fact he was sinner. There must have been more.

When he accepted the fact he was a sinner, he also was accepting the fact that God DOES forgive. The fact that he took ownership that God forgives, is what propelled him into a place that He could go to God. In today’s world, many people know they are living in a manner that is not pleasing to God, because it is not really pleasing to them. Yet, even armed with this knowledge, they do not go to God out of a degree of unbelief that God will forgive them. God loves. God heals. God forgives.


May you own your life today. May you truly understand that there is a God that is reaching out to transform your life into one of purpose and fulfillment. May you be put in a place of unending grace from God. May your faith be increased as God gives you what you truly need: forgiveness. 

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