But God- Christmas Edition

But God Image_Color_CrossGreetings,

We want to write a special edition for this Christmas season.

In the first chapter of John's gospel, he says this concerning Jesus in verses 11&12;

'He came to His own, and His own people did not receive Him. BUT to all who did receive Him, He gave them the right to be children of God.'

There is the Christmas gift He gives us! Not only does He give us Himself, He gives us the right to be His Father's children. His own brothers and sisters. Co-heirs with Him. Wow! Let's unwrap that word 'right' for a moment. Some of your translations use the word 'power.' It is an incredible privilege gifted to us by Jesus' finished work on the cross. There is a myriad of ways this works out in our daily lives but I want to look at one in particular in this edition.

For me, this right to be Abba's child gives to me the gift of laughter. You know the kind of laughter I mean. The laughter when you have been overwhelmed by another's generosity. The kind of laughter when you have accomplished something that seemed out of your reach. It's kind of an embarrassed laughter of 'I don't deserve this'. For me this gift of grace, of unmerited son ship allows and causes me to laugh at three things- my circumstances, my enemy, and myself.

When I remember whose son I am, and Who my Father is and how He ALWAYS has my best interest in mind, I can laugh at what appears to be a trying circumstance. Whenever I am being tempted and I remember who my enemy is and that he was and is defeated by Jesus, I can laugh at his desperate attempt to trick me. I would encourage you as you read your Bible to translate 'enemy, evil one, Satan,' etc... as 'defeated one'. He has no power. Lastly, it allows me to laugh at myself. I don't know about you, but I can easily begin taking myself way too seriously. I think it all depends on me. I apologize to any egos out there, BUT it all depends on Him. He is the responsible one in your relationship with Him. You being His child was His idea. He sought you out. He found you. He bought you. He adopted you. He is the Parent. He has it all figured out. He redeemed you and will redeem your circumstances, your missteps, even your sins. Let go of the burden of responsibility. He has called us instead to a life and relationship of faith.

Let's thank Him for the gift of Himself, for the gift of the right to be Abba's children and for the gift of laughter.

Blessings,

Thomas

Thomas@robinsonoutdoors.com

 

If you want to know what someone really thinks, just listen to what they say after the word ‘but’ …so it is here with…”but God!”“

Note: “but God” is a weekly ministry of Robinson Outdoors Products written for us by pastor and spiritual counselor, Thomas Paige. “But God” is posted each week on the ScentBlocker website and can be found there along with the archives of messages of past years and months from Thomas. “But God” is also posted each week on ScentBlocker Facebook page and on Twitter.

You may ask, “why would Robinson, an outdoor products company with brands ScentBlocker and Tree Spider, making products for hunters, spend its time on something like “but God”?” Great question, as we here at Robinson consider our work place our mission field, our products bearing the John 3:16 inscription our outreach. In every new ScentBlocker jacket there is a laminated waterproof pocket insert that contains the salvation message printed in two languages. And, we ask the Lord to provide more opportunities for us to be a light unto a dark world.

What responses do we receive from our customers? Each week thousands and thousands of people read the “but God” message online. We receive dozens and dozens of appreciative emails, rejoicing that a company has the courage to stand up for what it believes despite perhaps it not being the most popular thing to do these days. God has blessed our lives and our business!

I hope you will enjoy this weeks’ “…but God” as Thomas continues the series, unto the Lord!

1 Comment;

  • Jason Oksa

    i enjoy the "But God" blog on the Robinson site quite a lot. Thank you for these posts. I'm blessed by them every time I read them. I wish I could do more to support this great company. I'll be praying for you all.

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