‘tis done…

06/18/2009

“God chose him (Jesus) for this purpose long before the world began,
but now in these final days, he was sent to the earth for all to see.
And he did this for you.” 1 Peter 1:20 (NLT)

Jesus was chosen to be our Savior long before the world began, long before the Garden of Eden, long before the eating of the fruit and the fall, and long before His death on the Cross for our salvation. God knew, God knows, and God will always know what is needed, what we’re going through, and how to solve any problem, clear up any situation, help us through any trial, and even bless us to the hilt during certain times of our lives. God knows our heart’s desire and He is the One who promises to give us those desires when we delight ourselves in Him.

In Brennan Manning’s book, “The Ragamuffin Gospel,” he writes: “Over a hundred years ago in the Deep South, a phrase so common in our Christian culture today, born again, was seldom or never used. Rather, the phrase used to describe the breakthrough into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ was, ‘I was seized by the power of a great affection.’” Being seized by the power of a great affection…one can hardly go wrong. Who doesn’t want great affection in life, both from our God and from others we share this life with?

When we love because God first loved us, we come to know the power of God’s great affection, and that affection works and weaves its way through every part of our day, and amazing things start to transpire, even with those we might think we have nothing in common with. We all fall under the title of Ragamuffins, we all fall short of the glory of God, and we all need love and understanding and forgiveness. We all need Jesus!

As Jesus’ way of loving others presses to the forefront, we began to realize more than ever that it isn’t so much the words that we speak as it is the actions that we take that matters to those we spend our time with. Listening to the Holy Spirit within helps us to have listening ears rather than noisy lips, and that can carry a stronger message most days. They say that’s why God gave us two ears and only one mouth!

God has always had a great design for our lives. Our Father places desires in us probably before we are even born—while He’s putting all our pieces together in our mother’s wombs. Then He leaves just enough room in our hearts so that we know that all our days without Him, we are incomplete—and when we find our completeness in Him, when we say yes to His great love, then He places His Holy Spirit deep inside of us and sends us into the world to be in it, but not of it. He teaches us to speak His language of love and of purpose, to help others to know Him by loving them as He loves us.

God is never done teaching us, He is our Father after all…and we should never fear taking a step in a new direction. It’s never too late, too silly, or too hard when God is on our side. The next chapter in all our lives is yet to be written, let’s not be afraid to turn the page and get on with the story! It’s a Love Story, and with God it’s never boring!