When my daughter, Jenna, was little I often took her to a park near our home. One day as she played in a sandbox, I bought her ice-cream, but when I turned to give it to her, her mouth was full of sand. Where I had intended to put a delicacy, she had put dirt. Did I love her with dirt in her mouth? Absolutely. Was I going to allow her to keep the dirt in her mouth? No way! I loved her where she was, but I refused to leave her there. Why? Because I love her.
God does the same for us. “Spit out the dirt, honey,” our Father urges. “I’ve got something better for you.” “I can eat dirt if I want to!” we pout and proclaim. We can. But if we do, the loss is ours. God has a better offer. He wants us to be just like Jesus!
“Create in me a pure heart, God, and make my spirit right again.” (Psalm 51:10 NCV).
From Just Like Jesus