I was "home" this weekend in Northern California for a wedding for two great friends from Loma. It was joyous. It was a reunion. It was one of the best parties imaginable with a lot of people that know each other inside and out. This is the first time I've had in about a week to STOP. Breathe. To be still and know that God is good. I'm excited to share a short snapshot of my sermon tomorrow. I may be posting a video link to it because there are multiple important visuals. Stay tuned for that.
I believe that some of the most core issues that affect our identity are the ones we ask ourselves. Questions like: Do I fit in? Am I good enough? Am I worthy? Am I loved? Would you want your current life, as it is, to extend forever? These questions are difficult because they all affect the temporary. Life on earth has an expiration date. Whether we are alive for 50, 60, 70, 20, 30, or 80 years; we will expire. Not quite like moldy cheese that with age grows green spots, but we have an "expiration date" for lack of a better term.
What is eternal?
Scripture: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. John 3:16-17.
Jesus opened the door to God's love in the world. His life, death, and resurrection made it possible for us to have a relationship with God. He made it possible for us to have an eternity that isn't filled with the pain, hurt, and disappointment of this life. So the for the questions of "am I loved" - the answer is a resounding YES!!
You are loved.
All of who you are is fully known and fully accepted. That great love is eternal. It doesn't expire. The door is open.
God is love.
God doesn't need us.
He wants us.
Just as a wedding is a commitment to relentlessly pursue one another's love, God's promise in Jesus on the cross is for a relentless love. That love never quits. That love never gives up. That is perfect. That is chosen.
Amidst all that perfection, I love that God gives us the ability to choose. His Love is perfect. It isn't forced. We choose to enter the door that is God's love.
This isn't moralistic therapy that helps us feel good and teaches to "be nice, do good stuff, and you'll have a happy life."
This is the radical love of God. That same love that makes the old gone and brings in the new. Will you enter the door?