Red-Carded by God, 02APR – #390 *



It always ends up on the day I say “Gee, I haven’t been driven by God to write anything for a while” – that I end up having something special to write – to process… I don’t choose to write for fun but the thoughts haunt me until I write them down…  I put this one off for the majority of this busy day – but it is time to get it down and out and move onto sleep – with another busy day tomorrow….
After I had this in my head I had two or three duplicate events where I read something that mirrored the main point here – God picks YOU because you need HIM!

Red-Carded by God, 02APR

My kids last night were conversing about the inequities in the middle school system of awarding “red cards” which translate into gifts of wrist bands for “Spirit Day” – a motivational rally. It seems (according to my kids and their friends) that the cards are NOT handed out evenly, yes, the cards are given to kids that do good things – BUT usually it is the kids who are MORE TROUBLE makers who tend to get those cards more – those worst to first actions from kids are much much more recognized so they often will get the cards. Normal goodie-two-shoes kids (like mine, yay!) RARELY get them, even though they are doing good things naturally….  Yeah – I have no idea if this is true and I agree that red-carding (seemingly opposite from the soccer term) is a good motivation technique.  (I do praise, of course, that my kids are just naturally good – you betcha that’s a praise, huh? that is a Mom’s best possible news…). I didn’t have to explain the inequities of red cards to them, they already were explaining life to me, wow…

It was JUST THEN that I realized that it’s the perfect description of what happened to me – See, I WAS RED-CARDED BY GOD, HIMSELF…. YEAH! God picked me to awaken – picked me and drove me to Jesus. I was not in crisis that I knew about, but God flagged me for Jesus to grab. God picked me to feel and understand HIS calling because I WAS and I AM trouble… I realize that now… I AM one of those “worst to first” kids…. Although I try to be a goodie-two-shoes – God knows I have – we all have these pockets of sin (OLD AND NEW) that need to be addressed…

God is truly out to get the best out of us – He wants us to follow His Will. So, guess what folks? – we were called by God (like I was) because we had sin that had to get cleaned up…  Yup – we weren’t called because we were sinless – NOPE- nobody is…   He knew/knows we NEED HIM!

I am NOT calling any of you out for your sins –  and truly it’s NOT a competition!  Granted my not believing in Jesus as the Son of God until a year ago was a doozy – but I won’t bore you with the rest of my sins… Perhaps I thought God called me because of my skill set, He probably did… But if I thought I was called by God because I was an EXCELLENT CHILD OF GOD, well that is a pure LIE. I know why He called me – and called us – it’s two-fold – He wants to LOVE and SAVE us, and now HE wants us to work for HIM…. My salvation causes me to say “I am the handmaid of the Lord” Luke 1:38… He is our master, and as our Father, He does take care of HIS children too.

I know God wants us to be object lessons for how HE changes us…

We need to remember to NOT polish our golden crowns of salvation, but to remember and APPRECIATE that Jesus’s thorny crown is what gets us saved. It is by GRACE ALONE that we are saved – we don’t deserve it – if we deserved it then it wouldn’t be GRACE!

There is a Genesis song that says “God always fights on the side of the bad man”… Yes, more and more everyday the other pockets of darkness in our hearts need some cleansing – Jesus likes to “rinse – and repeat” – a continuous cleansing for the rest of your life…So, now I am trying my darnedest to stay in the Law of the Lord… I hope you all are too – and not lose sight of that narrow but sure path – and yeah, PRAY TO NOT LOSE SIGHT OF JESUS’S HAND in case we need to grab it… God certainly made it worth my while to follow Him – truly I delight in the Lord – truly the JOY I feel is worth the hard aspects of being a Christian – because IT IS HARD to lose your own agenda, lose your own self, empty your baggage, and live as you are called – it’s worth it – but it’s tough!

God Red-cards us – YUP – God says “I want you at my Spirit Rally – want to make an object lesson out of you… want you to tell others about Me – and tell how I saved your @$$ by leading you to Jesus to be your advocate and cleanse your sins”…

Jesus said in John 6: “37 All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. 38 For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of Him who sent me. 39 And this is the will of Him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all those he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. 40 For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in Him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day….”

44 “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them, and I will raise them up at the last day.” –

That means God picked YOU to go towards Jesus – so that Jesus will grab you – He will put you on the right track – and of course it would behoove us to stay on that track and continuously work on those sins…  I know mine (and am figuring them out more each day) – you know yours – we know we are NO SAINTS, yet – it’s going to take Jesus to help us – Jesus will advocate for us because we are forever human…

God red-carded you to stack the deck in your favor, red flags Jesus to grab us – God gave us Jesus to teach us and be our savior!

So it is ok – SHOW YOUR RED-CARD – it’s blood red! Jesus’s blood is our ticket to reach the Eternal Spirit Rally!

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