By Pastor Liz Robinson
Scripture Reading: Genesis 1:2
“The earth was empty, a formless mass cloaked in darkness. And the Spirit of God was hovering over its surface.”  (Genesis 1:2)
What image does this conjure up for you? Does it remind you of anything? Anyone? It reminds me of myself, before believing in Jesus: empty, formless mass, cloaked in darkness. 
Confession: having been a “pretty good kid,” a rule follower, in my younger years, I’m not sure that accepting Jesus made a big difference in my life. Years later, my eyes were opened to all the possibilities in my heart. I came back to Jesus with a much greater awareness of my need. 
I began to understand the truth in Isaiah’s statement that our righteousness is like “filthy rags.” When the Spirit of Jesus Christ is    behind your “good behavior,” every act of kindness and obedience takes on new depth. It goes from being robotic life to abundant life. From black and white to color. From one dimensional to multi dimensional.
What made this happen? Look back at Genesis 1:2. Here is hope: “And the Spirit of God was hovering over its surface.”  While I went about my small, exact, lazy life, God’s Spirit was hovering around me. He made sure that my counterfeit spirituality did not satisfy. He kept calling,  guiding and protecting. When the time was right (“at just the right time,”) I found Him. Hallelujah!
“You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.” Romans 5:6

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