From the Well - 1/17/2019

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Ephesians 1:11-14 (NRSV) 
11 In Christ we have also obtained an inheritance, having been destined according to the purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to his counsel and will, 12so that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, might live for the praise of his glory. 13 In him you also, when you had heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and had believed in him, were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit; 14 this is the pledge of our inheritance toward redemption as God's own people, to the praise of his glory.

A Catholic Priest, who had become very hard of hearing, requested that those who wished to confess their sins write them on a slip of paper instead of speaking them in the confession booth. Everything worked out fairly well until one day when a fellow entered the confessional, fumbled in his pocket for a few moments, and eventually passed a crumpled piece of paper through the curtain into the priest's hand.

The confession read:

  • Two cans of beans

  • Quarter pound of ham

  • Coke

  • Four fish filets

  • Bread

  • Coffee

  • Soap

  • Butter

The priest studied the note for a moment and then silently passed it back to the gentleman. In an exasperated voice, the man declared, "Mother of God, I've left my sins at the grocery store!"

Paul is telling us that God has left our sins behind--at the grocery store so to speak. All we have to do is accept that "It's in Christ that you, once you heard the truth and believed it (this Message of your salvation), found yourselves home free-signed, sealed, and delivered by the Holy Spirit" (Ephesians 1:13, The Message). Paul says that the promise of salvation is not so much that we will be snatched away from a rotten botched creation as it is that we join up in God's cosmic restoration. It is a reworking of our lives in Jesus Christ.

In other words, God loves us from the beginning of time. All we have to do is step into the light of grace and say yes. So, leave your list of sins at the grocery store and know that you are forgiven and loved. Think about it.

Matthew