39 One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” 40 But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? 41 We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.” 42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom. ” 43 Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
This passage always tugs on my heartstrings. This man who is being put to death fully understands why he has been sentenced. He knows the wrong he’s done, but He recognized the honor it was to be next to Jesus.
What a picture of our lives. Sometimes we can be like the first man, demanding that God save us in a second. “Don’t you see what is happening? Can’t you see that we’ve been through enough? Surely if you are God, you would save me right now”
I know because I have been that person. I went through trials and tribulations. I had moments I wish I would forget. I was mad at God; I tested Him.
It wasn’t until I fully grasped who he was that I changed my ways. I suddenly became like the second man. One that understands the fault I have in my actions. One understands the honor to live life with Christ right next to me, even when I am far from perfect.
With confidence, I know that He will remember me like he remembered this man. I know that even in my low moments, nothing can operate me from the promises of God. I hope that as you go about your day today, you look at your narrative. Are you questioning God’s power? Or are you grateful to be in His presence?
When you put on the posture of humility, the world changes.
Father God, today, we humbly come to you and thank you for your pretense guidance and love in our lives. We understand that every single day we fall short of perfection, but you still love us. You still pursue us. I know you will remember us, so prove that every day. Today we ask for your love and blessings. It is with everything in us that we pray, AMEN!