Imagine the Creator of the Universe, the God of thunder, lightning, and anger, the God who speaks through pillars of fire being the same God who says, “I love you.” I created you in your mother’s womb. I want all people to believe in me. Come to me all who are tired, and I will give you rest.”
The Christian worldview separates itself from all other belief systems. The Hindu who believes god is an “it,” the Buddhist does not recognize the triune God, the Muslim believes in an idol called “Allah,” and the Pantheist sees all people, and all things, as gods. None of these worldviews believe in a God who lived on earth and became a part of human history. The Christian believes in the one true God who gave up His position with God and came to earth to call all humankind to Himself. He spared nothing to show his love by dying on the cross as a propitiation for all sins.
“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his interests but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross” (Philippians 2:3-8).
What does scripture say about our God and His desire to have a relationship with you?
- God has chosen to spend time and attention on you. He is patient and available. (2 Peter 3:9)
- God is kind and gracious on your behalf. He has chosen to bring help and intervention into your life. (Psalm 103:8)
- God will work all things for your good, even the hard things. He desires to give you His support and encouragement. You can trust Him. (Romans 8:28)
- God is constantly building you up and affirming you. He values you as His child because He created you and because you are in Christ. (John 1:10-13)\
- God has included you in His family. You belong to Him. (Ephesians 1:4-5)
- God loves you just the way you are. You do not have to try to earn His love. (Ephesians 2:2-9)
- God forgives you for your sins and failures. He does not hold them against you. You can feel safe to come to Him when you have done wrong, knowing He has chosen to forgive you. (1John 1:9)
- God will treat you fairly, and when He disciplines you, it will be done in love and for your own good. (Hebrews 12:3-8)
- God is reliable and is with you always. He will stick by you and support you. (Lamentations 3:22.23)
God shows us His heart as He prays for you in the Garden of Gethsemane before His own death. You are always on His mind!
“I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see the glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world. O righteous Father, even though the world does not know you, I know you, and these know that you have sent me. I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them” (Mark 17:20-26).
Not only does God love us, but He also positions Himself to personally and permanently live in us, in this life on earth and forever in Heaven. As a believer in Jesus as our savior, we will never be away from our Lord’s love and protection. Should not our response to this be to love God back with every part of our being?
There are no words to express our gratefulness for God’s amazing grace.