Gulf Ridge Park Baptist Church
This website is no longer operational.
God says in Isaiah 45:22 “Look unto me and be ye saved all the ends of the earth.” This exhortation from God is in it’s very concept both staggering and simple. It is staggering in that man, due to his sin nature is programmed to seek God not according to grace but by the good works of his own hands. We try relentlessly to do something that is both good and acceptable to God. We pat ourselves on the back and parade our good deeds before one another and even delude our self that God is also pleased with our pitiful efforts.
When we come to these wicked thoughts, let’s remember that Cain also brought the best works of his hands, but he was thusly rejected by God because his works reflected his own ambitions and accomplishments. Abel on the other hand was accepted for his offering because he knew nothing could please God except what God had already ordained as perfect and acceptable. Thus it is quite impossible to please God by our works for He has already condemned all under the sentence: “There is none who doeth good, no not one.”
It is also simple in its plea to man for it takes no effort nor work for one to simply LOOK. God does not call us to offer great feats of strength or deeds. He does not require us to be acceptable in thoughts and actions, or bring numerous sacrifices to Him before He will accept us. He only says, LOOK!
Here are Four ways to look:
First, we LOOK to a Place – the Cross. Here God has forever settled the question on what it will take for Him to be satisfied with us. The answer is the sacrifice of His own dear Son. Look to the cross and be saved! Have you been to the Cross?
Second, we are called to LOOK to a Person. This Person is the one and only Christ. He is the Messiah, the Lamb of God, the perfect Man, the Redeemer, and Savior. We come to the Cross to see Jesus, our only hope for salvation. Look to Jesus and be ye saved. Have you done this?
Third, we LOOK with Purpose. That purpose is to come into agreement with God and Confess that we are indeed what He sees us to be. We are lost and undone, sinners by nature and by choice. We confess our sins and repent by turning away from the ‘death’ nature (flesh) and turn to Him, the One who offers life. Have you confessed to God you are a sinner?
Lastly, we LOOK to receive Peace with God. This isn’t ordinary peace. This is an eternal, lasting peace. No longer are we at enmity with God. His Son has paid our sin debt and washed us clean by His own blood. We are brought into the splendid, restful peace with the Father where we can enjoy His pleasures and joys for evermore. Without this peace there is no desire for holy consecration. God makes it possible for us to seek Him and fulfill that holy pull in our redeemed new nature. Our greatest desire becomes that of pleasing God and to do His perfect will. This is all done by knowing peace with God. Have you made peace with God through Jesus His Son?
How marvelously simple God has made it. Think of it, anyone can LOOK. You may not be able to do many things because your strength is small, but you CAN LOOK! The little child can LOOK (suffer the little children to come unto Me). The feeble person can LOOK! Those in the sickbed can LOOK! The prisoner bound in a jail cell can LOOK! The worst and most disgusting of all sinners can LOOK! In fact even the fool can LOOK!
Have you come to the place where you have ceased from your efforts to try and please God with what you bring, and simply LOOK to Jesus? If not, I encourage you to accept God’s invitation and LOOK and be ye saved.
IF you have been saved, continue to LOOK to Him, for in Him is the fullness of blessings and joys. Be at peace beloved.
Jesus loves you!