Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Jonah- Road Of Redemption




Have you ever read the Story of Jonah? Maybe the Whale rings a bell? Well, if you haven't, I pray that you do after you read this.

 I have re-read Jonah a few times. And I love seeing God shows me His story, and what he has from that story for my life.

To sum it up, Jonah was a Man who was willing to deliver God's message. He loved Him, and knew that God loved Him back. He had gone through a situation that showed Him God’s Grace and Goodness, and yet still struggled to understand God's Grace.

This time around- I saw just how ugly Jonah was feeling towards the people of Nineveh. He couldn't understand how God could give them so much Grace and love. 

Sounds a lot like us, huh?
 We spend so much time looking at others situations, problems, sin, etc. wondering why it is that they have what they have- and how we don't have that or more. This goes into a depth of things.
Jealousy, bitterness, anger, comparison, and our identity. 

This is an ugly sign of self-righteousness and pride. 

Let's dive into this you guys. Every day we are faced with comparison and jealousy. We wake up praying that our hearts won't do that ugly thing that it does- and end up consumed by whatever it is that soaked us in, in the first place. 

What if we lived a life of Daring Grace? If we looked at others around us with the lenses of our father?  See, Jonah failed to see that the people of Nineveh were on a road of redemption. Just like Him.

 Just like us. 

God knew what his children had to endure and go through to get to a place of loving and seeing Him for who he us. God saw their hearts turn from sin, they humbled themselves, and fell to the ground with hearts of repentance and love. 

What did Jonah do? He got angry. He was angry because he didn't understand how through everything that they had done, God still showed them Grace. Jonah just new that he was better than them. He totally knew what they had coming- or so he thought. 

Had Jonah forgotten what he had just gone through? Did he forget how God showed HIM mercy and grace, compassion and love through his story and journey of sanctification & redemption? 

Yeah, he totally did. He felt righteous and more worthy then the people of Nineveh- 
I mean, he thought he was it! God had asked him to deliver a message, so he must have been more worthy in the eyes of God, Right? 

Wrong. 

Here's some of what went down-

Jonah 4:1-4
"But to Jonah this seemed very wrong, and he became angry. 2 He prayed to the Lord, “Isn’t this what I said, Lord, when I was still at home? That is what I tried to forestall by fleeing to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity. 3 Now, Lord, take away my life, for it is better for me to die than to live.”
4 But the Lord replied, “Is it right for you to be angry?”

He threw a temper tantrum.

This sounds like a lot of us, right now. Angry and not understanding God's Grace. If we don’t understand God's Grace towards others, than I know that we don’t understand it for ourselves. I want to live with the Grace that Gods gives. A Daring Grace. The Grace that doesn't make sense, and it shouldn't. Jonah's Identiy was in how good of a Christian He has, what he thought he deserved vs. others around Him. 

In my life, I want to live looking at my heart and self-first- being raw and getting into the ugly within myself. By doing that first, I am able to see what Jesus had for me through His story. Not worried about the stories of others, just being his hands and feet while I’m here. 

Today, live with daring Grace. 

Let’s Check our ugly hearts first- Let’s look at how self-righteous we are- how self-involved and consumed we are. 
Not with just "things" but more importantly, with who and what we lay our identity in.  

If it’s not rooted in Christ- then it’s out.

Love you Guys, 

Alexandra 

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