To be inspired, is to be mentally stimulated to feel or do something creative. Brilliant ideas and solutions came about when some men and women were inspired by something and that inspiration pushed them to create and develop solutions. Inspiration can also come from reading books, and out of that our minds are challenged to come out of our comfort zones, it’s like a wake up call. Personally, I draw inspiration from many things, but one of my greatest inspirations comes from reading God’s word – The Holy Bible. Am currently reading the book of Romans, written by the great author himself Paul. Paul was a pharisee and a persecutor of christians who were following Christ, its like he had a personal vendetta with Jesus! This guy would do anything to make sure that the followers of Christ were punished. However, God had bigger and better plans for Paul – He turned a racist come persecutor to become His follower and one of the greatest men who were used by God to spread the gospel in the early church. This great man of God writes about God’s own love, pure non-judgemental love that reaches out to all of us irregardless of what we may have done before, and welcomes us home to where we belong – into the loving arms of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.
Romans 5:8, “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this, while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Every time I read this scripture, it makes me realise just how much God loves us and even when we were still in sin and His foe, Jesus Christ died for us. I love happy endings in plays and movies, who doesn’t? However, it is love stories that really catch my eyes – I guess am a sucker for love! William Shakespeare wrote the famous love story of Romeo and Juliet. Two young stars who loved each other so much, but who died on the same day through a tragic death, however, through their death, their families were reconciled. This love story made it into Hollywood blockbuster movies and for most of us who were not there during Shakespeare’s time, we got to re-live the love story all over again. But guess what, Shakespeare was an amazing creative writer who gave us amazing plays, which were fictional and not based on real life transformation stories. Paul However reminds us of a true story that took place, when The Creator of the universe, shows us His perfect love by sending His own Son to die a gruesome death in order that you and me may be saved. He does this, not when we have known Him, but when we had absolutely no clue about Him and were lost in a world of so many voices. The death of Jesus was not an unintentional tragic event, but rather, it was a voluntary one so that you and I can be reconciled back to God.
Bruno Mars sung, “I would take a grenade for you,” a nice love song that brings a smile to ones face especially, when your loved one dedicates it to you, after all we all love to hear sweet nothings just to feel cosy inside. “Baby, I would take a bullet for you,” really? are you sure? I don’t think so! Off course we know that its not a real bullet, but feelings of affection towards our loved ones. True love is selfless and gives itself as a drink offering – that’s what Jesus did, He selflessly gave Himself up to be crucified. He had instances that He would have said enough is enough, but all through His words remained constant, “yet not my will, but your will be done.” He knew that He had to be in His Fathers business. Paul gives an amazing argument in Romans 5:6-7 “You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die.” A righteous person is one who does the right thing and has no sin or iniquity in them, so why would anyone die for a sinless righteous person? They are all set! But a good person, is good yes, but has a level of sin in them, therefore someone might possibly dare to die, and try and save them.
God demonstrates His love for us while we’re sinners and dies for us. We’re all guilty of doing things for people who are just our friends. Because we know each other, then you can help, that’s the human nature in us – however, God does something incredibly amazing by sending Christ to die even when we had no idea who He was, now that’s love! This love reconciles us back to our Father in Heaven. When God created the earth, He created it with love and He put His creativity in it, we see it all around us. The beautiful skies, tell a tale of beauty that cannot be described and the oceans and all the creatures in it are yet to be discovered because it is vast with stunning sea creatures. Everything that God made was picture perfect and beautiful and there was no sin! however, sin did enter through the first man Adam and with it came death and condemnation. With the death of Jesus Christ came justification and reconciliation, as we see in Romans 5:19 “For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.”
You don’t need to go through life feeling condemned and alone, you don’t need to feel worthless and without hope, because there is hope, there is peace, there is life through the one and only Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God. The writer of Hebrews reminds in chapter four and verse seven (4:7) “Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts.”
May you draw inspiration from the one person who truly knows you because He created you and knows your true potential – God.