Question for you;
Do you feel loved?
Whose love is more important to you – that of your friends, spouse, girlfriend, boyfriend, brothers, sisters, or that of God’s?
Sounds straight forward enough doesn’t it!? After-all as a Christian what could be more important than God’s love!?
But allow me to ask you another question.
When that girl / boy / wife / husband, or friend lets you down, or subtly/ brutally informs you she / he isn’t interested anymore, and then someone tells you not to worry because “Jesus Loves You,” how do you feel? And don’t you dare lie! I know precisely how you feel – exactly the same as the rest of us. At that particular moment Jesus’ love simply doesn’t cut it!
Let’s have a quick look at the parable of the sower.
The bible tells us;
“A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds ate it up. 6 Some fell on rocky ground, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture.’’
Whilst reading this parable again a few days ago, a rather poignant question popped into my head;
‘What’s the route of my relationship with God?’
Simple enough question right!? After-all the route of the Christian faith is Jesus. But what exactly does that mean? Does it really mean Jesus is the one and only route? Or does it include a dash of ‘me’? In other words, what determines God’s love for you- is it Jesus or you?
The answer is Jesus of-course. But we often lose sight of this when it matters most – when things go wrong, when we fail, when we make mistakes.
The reason the seeds that fell on rocky ground couldn’t grow is because they weren’t rooted in God’s Unconditional Love. The only way to stand those severe tests of time that crop up now and again is for our faith to be firmly rooted in God’s Unconditional and Unfailing Love. For there will be times when we fail and fall; and when those moments occur the surest way to get up and go again is not through our own personal strive for redemption, but via the assured redemption that comes through Jesus’ finished works, and God’s Unconditional Love.
Jesus Himself says;
“Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.”
Don’t know about you but I can certainly vouch for the fact that the only reason I’m still alive today, after so many and all manner of mistakes and failings, is because of the knowledge of God’s Unconditional and Unfailing Love for me – not because of anything I’ve done or intend to do, but because of what Jesus has already done.
It’s the knowledge of this Unconditional and Unfailing Love that not only gives sustained hope but also enables us to keep going, no matter what.
I recall being distraught after receiving the most frigid of cold shoulders from a lady I really liked (yep, it even happens to me!!). I was absolutely gutted! So much so that I had to call a dear in the hope of obtaining some words of comfort and encouragement. After patiently listening to my tale of heart-stricken grief, he replied without a single moment’s hesitation;
“Mate, you shouldn’t worry yourself. She just isn’t God’s choice for you. Just remember that God loves you, and wants the very best for you.”
Did I feel better?
Nope – not at that precise moment anyway. But after a few days I did – as the significance of my friend’s words hit home.
“All things work for good for those that Love God…”
Romans 8 vs 28
And guess what?! It’s those that know just how Unconditionally God loves them that love Him the most.
You have the Unconditional and Unfailing Love of God – in such abundance.
Remain in His Love.