Sin will take you farther than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay, and cost you more than you want to pay. – unknown
I am in an unequally yoked marriage because of sin.
Most of you know my story. I married my atheist husband during a time of great rebellion against God. I knew better. Raised in a Christian home, I knew what the Bible said in 2 Corinthians 6:14. Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?
I walked away from the light. I thought I knew better than God what was best for my life. I lived in a dangerous and shadowy world of Las Vegas. In the darkness of clubbing and all matter of indulgence.
I am THAT woman.
John 8:1-6 But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, "Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?" They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.
I stood bare before Him. He was well aware of the decision which brought me before Him. My self-justified choices. Decisions that hurt others. Bad decisions.
Jesus listened as the accusations flew from those around me. Voices of my past. Hurtful words, I believed were true.
The accuser arrived shouting:
Believing in God is for the weak.
You are a coward.
You are a fake Christian.
You can't do anything right.
When will you grow up?
You'll never get it right.
Why can't you be more like........
You are a cheater and a liar.
You'll never be a great wife.
As the shouts came so did my shame. The accusers paraded my sin before Christ in a mad effort to somehow make them feel better about themselves.
I looked at Jesus as the accusers finished, "Now what do you say?"
I hung my head and admitted my sin waiting for the death penalty, which surely would follow.
"In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women."
Time stood still and the universe shifted as Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger.
I can't be sure but I think he was scribbling the names of my accusers. Fear, insecurity, loneliness, failed friendships, greed, idolatry, selfishness, wickedness, satan.
In that moment, brilliant light flooded my heart. Jesus refused to hear the words of my accusers. Instead, He drew all the wrath and attention away from me and placed it upon Himself.
As the accusers shouted louder, demanding my soul. Christ confronted them saying, "If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her." Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.
He scribbled the sins of the accusers in the dirt. Their lies exposed, they drifted away.
Jesus straightened up and asked, "Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?"
"No one, sir,"
"Then neither do I condemn you," Jesus declared. "Go now and leave your life of sin.
I looked into the face of Jesus and saw unconditional love.
In an instant, Jesus redeemed my past. Not a tear wasted. I stepped into a future filled with adventure and laughter. He birthed new dreams that far surpassed my feeble imaginings. He gave me a new heart.
This is what Friendship With God is all about.
I AM THAT WOMAN. That very blessed and thankful woman....
My friendship with Jesus is everything.
Are the accusers shouting at you, heaping the lies upon your soul? Look into the face of our Jesus this very day and hear the words of truth.
"I have loved you with an everlasting love;
I have drawn you with loving-kindness
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD,
"plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
Be blessed, Lynn
*This post, Inspired by Josh Clark. Sunridge Community Church 5/23/2010