Does God Love Me?
Does God love me?
God so loved the world
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. — John 3:16
We have heard this, my father even wrote and arranged a four part harmony using this verse! But, much like a corporate statement, if we do not really meditate on it, it can loose the freshness that brings life. It is not talking about what we do, this verse is expressing the heart of God. How we react is important, but first we must receive it, let the seed die in us and become something. So… has it become part of you yet? that’s the first step, accepting this love, then you’ll naturally become an evangelist from the inside out.
Perhaps this is a word for someone, it starts with receiving, fruit will come naturally if the seed has been planted. Allow it to be planted in your heart.
God thinks about you… a lot
Actually, he has thought about you so much that He has plans as numerous as the grains of sand on a beach.
How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand. When I awake, I am still with You. — David (Psalms 139:17–18)
Let’s think about what this would look like… Pick up a handful and there will literally be thousands of grains of sand in your hand. Then imagine how many handfuls of thousands of grains still remain on the surface, then underneath! [The area of beach before the water could be 10 metres or more in depth]. Jesus has more thoughts for you than what you can see. Which is millions of grains of sand.
It reminds me of when I was about to buy my iPad. At first, I started thinking about the ways to convince my father it was worth me splashing out quite a sum for. I knew it would be of benefit for my ministry. Being able to write songs, organise my worship sets with OnSong and read scores with ForeScore.
Whilst I waited the list kept getting bigger, and so did my excitement! As I thought, my thoughts grew in number as to my plans with it. So it is with God, He’s so passionate about you that He’s constantly thinking about you. Your possibilities, the future He imagines for you. It isn’t as David’s brothers that you are the strongest, tallest, whitest (believe me, unfortunately in Houston where I lived this counts for social position!). God isn’t respective of popular opinion. This will never write you off, if anything, it makes you a more viable candidate for glory in a place where the world sees nothing! God loves you and sees masses of potential.
He has many thoughts for you. He thinks about you because He loves you. He could be thinking about the kingdom to come, but biblically we see a focus in His mind towards man. He loves man, His prized creation. A being who can accept or deny (at his own detriment) His love.
When you return this love, He is excited.
Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing. — Matthew 23:37
The problem here is mainly down to sin. Jesus is welcoming us into intimacy but some days we do not want to let go of sin, that’s the problem. His heart cries out for intimacy with you, He made a way for you to be clean to enter His arms. But we love sin, if only we’d let go of sin every day, then we’d never really feel far from this love.
It is possible to have a relationship as close as John who laid his head on Jesus chest. In our culture, we have been programmed to spot the ‘homosexual moment’ in everything. But Jesus is a man 100% of His word. He clearly states that homosexuals will not enter God’s kingdom. At least, those who do not repent from this position. So therefore, this relationship with John was an intimate friendship, again unprogram the mindset we have been given in the 21st century. This level of relationship with Jesus is desirable for Him. And is personally possible for all of us by the Holy Spirit.
Make a daily commitment to Him.
“long to gather your children, as a hen gathers her chicks..”. This is strangely universal again, as if Jesus was a school teacher taking little chicks on a school trip. Jesus crying out for a city saying how much He’d like to embrace them! It is a general city-wide statement. But it is as much individual. Let’s see Jesus daily life.
Constantly led by compassion to real people, you and me people. Jesus would makes sure everyone who came into touch with Him was served in their needs. He healed, fed, and freed people. Looking to the prosperity of their soul. Jesus is intently interested in your problems. Jesus is not looking on saying “this problem is for your good keep it”. It should be more likely “this problem is for the glory of God, so you would look for and find me. And I would receive glory from those around you for solving it”.
God thinks about you, He wants to deal with your specific life, so He sent the Holy Spirit to interact with which college you go to, where you serve in the church. But also to console your grief. Our bodies, minds are not alone, God is living there real close, so that we can be intimate. Again remember this is biblical, clean, healthy, healing intimacy. One that should be desired by women like Mary, to strong men like Peter. A closeness to the God who loves you.