27th June 2019

A Limited Offer?

“I have swept away your sins like a cloud. I have scattered your offenses like the morning mist. Oh, return to me, for I have paid the price to set you free.”
Isaiah 44:22 (NLT)

As you know, limited offers are quite commonplace nowadays. I’m sure we have all heard an offer on TV, radio or in our local newspaper that describes the product for sale in glowing terms which grabs our interest, but the catch is ‘Hurry! Book now or place your order now; while stocks last,’ then there is a time and date when this offer ends, usually just a few days or perhaps even one day later. We’re also told, ‘When they’re gone, they’re gone—don’t miss this very special, unrepeatable offer!’ Oh dear, what to do? Disappointment fills our minds and we think, I’m too late, I have missed this amazing piece of equipment or whatever it happens to be—so near and yet so far!

God’s offer of salvation isn’t like that—it’s never too late and there are no pre-conditions. It’s an offer of unconditional love from a Father who cares for you and longs to have you in his precious family in order to bless, nurture, and pour out every gift upon you. It doesn’t matter what you have done with your life or how bad you think you are—the slate is wiped clean; everything is forgiven, washed away and never remembered again! Swept away like the morning mists, our Father informs us!

God tells us and reassures us that “I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more” (Isaiah 43:25 NIV). That’s a promise from your Father. But perhaps you might be thinking, “Hey, that’s okay for others, not me. I’ve sinned too much, been so far away from God that he couldn’t possibly include me!” Wrong! Jesus says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30 NIV). Notice he says “all you”—in short, everyone is welcome and there is no cut-off date; this is an open invitation to all humanity for all time!

The door is always unlocked, you just need to push it open and walk right in; how great is that? You will be very glad you did and delighted to lay your burden down at last—you’ve carried it long enough!

Prayer
Lord, thank you for the promise that you will never leave us orphans and that we will always have you to rely on.
Amen

Study by Cliff Neill
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About the Author:
Cliff Neill is an Elder in Grace Communion Church Luton.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion Church Luton
Farley Hill Methodist Church
North Drift Way
Farley Hill
LUTON
LU1 5JE

Meeting Time:
Saturday 10:30am

Local Congregational Contact:
Harry Sullivan
Phone: 01908-582222
Email: harry_sullivan@wcg.org.uk

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