It used to be that I was a once-a-week cleaner if that. My bedroom back home was a disaster, and everyone knew it. When my clothes came off at night, they hit the floor, and that’s where they stayed until my parents forced me to clean up my room. My bed was a mess, my dresser was a mess, and I was a mess.
I’ve come to learn over time–even more so now since the kids have moved out–that picking up after yourself is really not all that hard. Why live in a mess when you can enjoy the comfort of a clean and orderly home?
As I got to thinking about that today, I was reminded of a question I got from a reader a few years back, “If God forgives you,” she said, “why not sin today and ask His forgiveness tomorrow?” In other words, accumulate a mess to clean up all at once.
The more I’ve thought about that over the years, the more I’ve come to appreciate the answer: Don’t waste the grace you’ve been given. Don’t treasure the sin that you’re in. God’s plan for your life isn’t far off in the future, it’s a plan that starts here and now. It’s a life of abundant joy and incomparable peace. Why put that off for tomorrow when you can be blessed today?
Satan comes to kill, to steal, and destroy, but he can’t touch this treasure inside. He’ll try, I assure you of that, which is why it’s important that we’re walking in faith. He can’t steal your joy if it’s rooted in Christ. He can’t rob you of peace if you’re grounded in faith.
And so, my friend, salvation is more than simply a ticket to heaven someday, it’s a relationship with God, that starts right here and right now. Turn away from your sin, and turn to the One who can save you from it.
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Tilling the Soil
Read 2 Corinthians 6.
We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain. (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.) (2 Corinthians 6:1-2, KJV)
Darlene Schacht and her husband Michael live in Manitoba Canada where the summers are beautiful and the winters are cold. Together they’ve come to learn that relationships aren’t always easy, but that marriage, the way God intended it to be, is a treasure worth fighting for.
She began her publishing journey about twelve years ago when she pioneered one of the first online magazines for Christian women, known at the time as “Christian Women Online Magazine.” After three years, Darlene left CWO to blog as a solo author at Time-Warp Wife Ministries.
It was also during this transition that she worked alongside actress Candace Cameron Bure to write the NYT Best-Selling book, Reshaping it All: Motivation for Spiritual and Physical Fitness. Reshaping it All was the winner of both the 2011 USA Best Book Awards and the 2012 Christian Reading Retailers Choice Awards.
Author of more than 15 books, Darlene continues to write and to minister to her readers through her blog at TimeWarpWife.com.
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