Dear Friends of “Dial Daily Bread,”
The most precious message of Christ's righteousness exalts the cross of Christ and what He accomplished there for the world. He reversed the judicial "condemnation" that our fallen father Adam brought upon the human race and as the second Adam pronounced upon us instead a judicial "verdict of acquittal " (Rom. 5:15-18). By His sacrifice upon His cross He gave the Father the legal right to treat "every man" in the world as though he has never sinned!
You may have thought about this a thousand times, but each new morning it's a fresh new revelation of grace. The Father demonstrates what "be ye therefore perfect" means by "mak[ing] His sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and send[ing] rain on the just and on the unjust" (Matt. 5:48, 45). And so, by His much more abounding grace (Rom. 5:20) which He bestows on us "in Christ," He enables us to treat others the same way; and to our amazement, we discover that we begin to win souls! We discover in the most unforeseen places someone who is hungry and thirsty for the bread of life and the water of life that we can now share, and what a joy it is to meet that person.
When you know yourself and confess yourself to be empty, that you are eternally hungry and thirsty, you are prepared to be "filled" (Matt. 5:6), and no one is ever "filled," without at the same time his "cup run[s] over" (Psalm 23:5). Then everybody who comes in contact with you is blessed. You are continually exuding that much more abounding grace; there's no end to it. You've found a new life.
What's happening is that God's New Covenant is playing itself out in you; all the promises He made to Abraham are being kept and fulfilled in you as a child of Abraham. (You know, of course, that not one human soul will enter any of the gates of the New Jerusalem except as a child of Abraham [cf. Rom. 4:1-16], and that is what you are if your heart has just begun to "comprehend … the breadth, and length, and depth, and height [of the] love of Christ, which passes knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God"; Eph. 3:17-19.)
It's real! You are not the water of life but you are a channel through which it can flow.
--Robert J. Wieland
From the "Dial Daily Bread" Archive: August 6, 2007.
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