Tuesday, August 12, 2014

I Flunked Eleventh Grade...Thankfully!

Everyone who sins breaks the law, in fact sin is lawlessness, but you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him there is no sin.” 
1 John 3:4-5

I'm a certified high school graduate although I'd be hard pressed to produce the sheepskin to prove it. I learned recently however, that I not only flunked eleventh grade but also was expelled. Who knew? Initially this concerned me but now I couldn't be happier.

During the past few months I've had a series of dreams about school. In each one I encountered failure of some sort. In one I drove a bus full of kids off a narrow bridge and they got eaten by alligators. Guess I know what my calling isn't LOL. I don't have any plans to go back to school so I was confused. What, if anything, did these mean? Finally I had the dream about flunking eleventh grade and being expelled. In the dream I was really upset. I hadn't done anything to warrant such severe action. I consulted my reference books and researched the symbolism. I know that not all dreams are from God, but some are. I believe this particular one was a picture of my salvation.

Before I made Jesus the Lord of my life I lived in lawlessness (eleventh grade). In the bible the number eleven stands for lawlessness. In the dream I was in the last six weeks before the end of the school year. Six is the number of falling short of God's standard. Schools can represent training and a course of action. I was actively pursing a life without God with no regard for Him or His ways.

Suddenly through no fault or actions of my own, I was expelled and I'd flunked eleventh grade with no hope of reinstatement either. This I believe depicts salvation. I didn't do anything to earn it. Through no efforts of my own I was expelled from a position of lawlessness into one of righteousness. I flunked eleventh grade purely by the grace of God. Woohoo!

I now have the righteousness of God according to 2 Corinthians 5:21. I don't always get everything right but that doesn't change my status with God. My expulsion from the Kingdom of Darkness was final.

If you never failed eleventh grade here's the chance you've been waiting for. Receiving Jesus is simple.

If you confess with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord', and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9

God made re-establishing a relationship with Him so simple, anyone can do it – even a rocket scientist! If you've not experienced this, let me encourage you to not wait another minute. You too can flunk eleventh grade and be so thankful that you did.

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