Salvation is the most beautiful and perfect gift that has ever been given in the history of giving. For those of us who trust Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we know that salvation is just the beginning. We are still humans with the number one need of all humans, acceptance, and we have to learn how to let go of searching for approval and acceptance from man, and embrace only needing God’s approval and acceptance in our lives. Getting to this place is a process that rarely happens overnight. When He created us, God gave us free will, and He wants us to choose Him above all else, in every situation, every time, but in our own strength, we are weak and subject to seeking approval and acceptance from the people in our lives. This is the best argument for keeping our inner circle filled with those who share our love for Jesus. Even as I type this, I realize there are people in my life who’s ideology doesn’t line up the the Holy Word of God. The idea of choosing your own path, making your own way, charting your own destiny flies in the face of the Creator who lets us know in Jeremiah 29:11 , “I know the plans I have made for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
We are all looking for truth, and the truth begins and ends with God. If we pick and choose which parts of the Bible we want to believe and follow, we are serving self, trying to make God fit our agenda rather than conforming to His will. This my brothers and sisters is where the need for deep cleaning comes in for all Christians. In the words of the apostle John, He must increase, but I must decrease.