I’m overwhelmed with this Love right now. I find myself in tears simply flooded with the overflow of God’s grace over my life. Here’s why:
I cannot fathom why a perfect and almighty God would want to be involved in MY life daily, by the hour, by the second. He’s engaged down to EVERY last detail, down to knowing the amount of hairs on my head according to Luke 12:7. How is it that the same God who called the universe into existence among many of his prized creations would invest into me…1 person among the billions of people, stars and galaxies- One soul in the entire universe and history of people who ever lived. Not only am I NOBODY in comparison to His greatness but time and time again I had rejected Him, rebelled against Him and denied Him. Who am I that He still chose to pursue ME in every way reachable? I had failed Him, not worthy of being associated with Him but still He wants to claim me as His child.
Here’s the thing. God could’ve left us all to die in our sins and perish for eternity. God could’ve said FORGET IT. THEY’RE UNGRATEFUL for this gift of life, THEY DON’T LISTEN to my commands, THEY SAY THEY LOVE ME BUT REJECT ME DAILY. LET THEM PERISH IN THEIR OWN CONSEQUENCE. That’s what we would do! But THANK GOD He is God and we are not. Thank God His love is immeasurable unlike our weak tolerance for rejection. He went as far as He could to save us. He knew we couldn’t save ourselves so He decided to save us, for us. And He did it so He can share His love with us for all eternity. WHAT GOD IS THIS that suffers MY death so HE can share HIS love and glory with me forever. When did I EVER deserve such grace?? That’s what’s so special about the gift of grace- it’s freely given and we could never do anything to earn it. All we can do is accept it.
So wait a minute, let me get this right. The God who is THE Beginning and THE end, who is the author of LIFE and DEATH, who CREATED everything that exists, gave up His MOST PRIZED POSSESSION for me. So let me get this right, Christ, who sits at the right hand of the Father with the universe as His footstool, who has more riches then anyone could humanly maintain, decided to DITCH all His glory to become a person like me on this Earth. He decided to step into human nature and grow up in the middle of POVERTY with sickness around Him since birth to be hated and made a sacrifice in a brutal death…for me.
That death He sacrificed Himself for on the cross should have been MY DEATH. Every time I engaged in my sins by siding with the enemy, I collected convictions against our righteous God worthy of being punished. The consequence of sin is death- they go hand in hand. So every time I fornicated, lied, hated, murdered people with my thoughts, worshipped idols like money and beauty above God I racked up a stack of DEBT in sin. But CHRIST cleared it ALL for ME in his resurrection. And this is where I am moved to tears. Although I sinned AGAINST God, the same God I mocked with my life is the same God whose love did everything He could to SAVE me.
And NOT ONLY did He want to save me but now he wants to USE me. He wants to change my life inside out to represent Him to turn other lives around that are headed for the same death I was relieved from. He has more faith in my potential then I EVER had in myself. And in the midst of it all He replaced all my emptiness, my brokenness, my insecurities, and my pain with a life so abundantly refreshed down to the core of my soul that makes me WHOLE and COMPLETE in every way I never thought possible. WHO IS THIS GOD that flips my dead-end life and fills it with life to speak life into other dead-end lives!! I am overwhelmed with the love of my God, my Father. I encourage you to:
- Take a moment to bask in this grace and in the RICHNESS of His love and really recognize HOW GOOD He is.
- Take this same moment to reflect on where God has brought you from
- Take this moment to envision where God is taking you and the change you’ve already begun to see
- Talk to Him in prayer about all these things. Pour your heart out. Cry if you have to, dance, sing if your compelled, don’t hold anything back. He didn’t hold anything back for you.