Power for Today
Are You Going to Walk Away?Philippians 2 (NIV)
I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me (John 14:6, NIV)
WE MET the birth mother at the beginning of the adoption process. It was one of those awkward meetings where no one really knows what to say. The birth mom invited us to be in the labor room. Then came the question. The birth mother's mom asked us, "Are you going to walk away if there is something wrong with the baby?"
Her question was addressing the unknown. We did not know anything about the birth mother and her history. We committed to the unknown by this statement: I said, "No, we are not going to walk away. This is not an adoption of convenience."
God asks us the same question. "Are you going to walk away from Jesus?" Unlike our commitment to the adoption, you and I are being asked to commit to what is known. Jesus reveals Himself to us in scripture. Jesus says, "I am the vine, you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing" (John 15:5).
Because Jesus died on the cross, we don't have to wonder about our commitment to God. He has opened heaven to us with the blood of Jesus.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for saving us while we were still sinners. In Jesus' name. Amen.
- GLEN AUS, Portland, Oregon