While this post is over a year old, it is worth making sure its contents are shared with all of you – my lovely readers who are dearly loved by our heavenly Father. Allow it to soak into your spirit, help you draw nearer to Jesus Christ, our King, and ponder the truths of our great God and His Word!
Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To God’s elect, exiles scattered throughout the provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia, who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient to Jesus Christ and sprinkled with his blood: Grace and peace be yours in abundance (1 Peter 1:1-2).
In 1 Peter 1:2, we learn a few interesting things.
- God has a purpose regarding us.
- We are chosen.
- We have been made holy.
- We have been cleansed by the blood of the Lamb (that is, Jesus Christ).
- Grace and peace are ours in full measure.
The question I want us to answer today is….
How are you at living out these basic precepts that make up the Christian faith? It can take some of us many years to finally grasp the fact that we are –
- on God’s mind (that He has a purpose for us!)
- chosen by God alone (and it has nothing to do with our works)
- cleansed (really cleansed) by the blood of the Lamb (Jesus, the Messiah!)
- God’s grace and peace are completely poured onto every aspect of our lives, if we will allow God to do it!
What would our lives look like if we really grasped these truths? What would my life look like, if I really knew that I was loved by my Savior? Not a conditional kind of love that is based on what I do or don’t do, what expectations I completely miss by a long-shot, and any other human measure I can concoct in my mind.
Jesus loves, really loves, me and you. To such an extent that He came to earth.
Think about what kind of longing that would take.
“I am going to earth, to redeem them.”
“I will be forsaken, unloved, hated in fact, punished for what THEY did (for our sin, and He did it with such amazing love), and I am going to BRING them back. I am going to FIX our broken relationship, because I dearly love them and created them.”
This is true, friends.
God’s love is passionate. He is absolutely for us! And, this is the kind of love that God has for each one of us.
There is this song I reheard at a conference, but it took on a whole new meaning while there. “Live Like You’re Loved (Hawk Nelson)”. What would it take for me to live like God loves me? Not on some mini-level. We are talking about a football stadium, out of this world, full blown confidence, kind of love that God has for each of us.
The love of God is beyond anything we could ever comprehend.
We could take all of the oceans of the world, line them up next to each other, and it still wouldn’t even come close to the greatness of God’s love for us. All He wants is to be with us. To spend time with us. It’s a relationship!
Feature image by Max Felner.