Monday, February 24, 2014

God's Redeeming Love {Day 24}: The Beauty of Relationship

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Understanding God's love for us begins by understanding who we are in Him and what that means for us as His daughters.

Throughout this month, we have learned we are Beloved, constantly pursued, restored and given a new identity in Christ.  We are all of these things {and more} not because of anything we have done, but all because of what Jesus did for us on the Cross.

By accepting Jesus as our personal Savior, we become joint heirs and receive eternal life.

John 14:1-3 says ...

Let not your heart be troubled: you believe in God, believe also in me.
In my Father's house are many mansions:
if it were not so, I would have told you.
I go to prepare a place for you.
And if I go and prepare a place for you,
I will come again, and receive you unto myself;
that where I am, there ye may be also.
John 14:1-3

"I go to prepare a place for you ... " is referencing a place at the Table ... a place of honor, a reward.  

Luke 22:30 ... "that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel."

This place, this table is for us as well.

Psalm 23:5 says “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies …”.  This table meant complete fullness, fruitfulness and complete joy.  

We have place at the King's Table ... a place of honor.

How do I know this is for me?

Well, it's not because of anything I have done.  I didn't earn it out of works or talk myself into an invitation.  

When we recognize we are lost and need forgiveness of sin, then repent and ask Jesus into our hearts, we receive the free gift of salvation.  At that moment, the Holy Spirit dwells within us and we receive eternal life.

John 14:15-20 says ... 

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 
And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper,
to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth,
whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.
“I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 
Yet a little while and the world will see me no more,
but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 
In that day you will know that
I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.

The answer to our reward is in the last verse.  Jesus is speaking and says ... "I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you."

I can explain it best with a visual illustration, using envelopes ...

The first envelope says 'Father' ... 


The second, which is inside the first, says 'Christ' {"I am in my Father ..."}



The third, which is inside the second, says 'Deidre' {"I am in my Father, and you in me..."}


The final envelope is inside the third and says 'Christ' {I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you"}

Relationship!  

Too often, we forget just what the gift of Salvation means for us.  We excuse the profound love it took for Jesus to die for our sins, just so we, through accepting Him, would have a way back to Him.  If He never does another thing for us, we are blessed enough for eternity.

1) Ask yourself if you have ever received this gift.  Have you accepted God's Son, Jesus, by asking Him to forgive you of your sins?
2) Do you feel or sense the Holy Spirit at work in your life, through conviction? I often say we shouldn't be afraid of this conviction, but see it as a beautiful thing! The Holy Spirit is alive and active in us ... a gift of God.

If you can answer 'yes' to the above, you have a priceless, precious relationship with the Father.  

He loves you simply based on that fact, nothing more or less.

Rest in that GIFT today, knowing you have been extended enough love for eternity.

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Walking in Truth:

Self image says:  I am a MISTAKE
God's image says:  I am WONDERFULLY MADE

My frame was not hidden from you,

when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
16 
Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.

Psalm 139:15-16

Scripture for the Heart:

Let not your heart be troubled: you believe in God, believe also in me.
In my Father's house are many mansions:
if it were not so, I would have told you.
I go to prepare a place for you.
And if I go and prepare a place for you,
I will come again, and receive you unto myself;
that where I am, there ye may be also.
John 14:1-3





4 comments:

Piper said...

I keep my envelope in the back of my Bible and from time to time, I pull it out to remind me that my Heavenly Father desires to have a relationship with me. And the best thing of all.... I don't have to do one thing to deserve it! Praise HIS NAME!! Thank you Lord for loving me!

Melissa H. said...

Beautiful post. I love the envelope illustration!

petrii said...

Your illustration with the envelopes is fantastic!! That is how it is and I am SO thankful!!! If He never did another thing for me, what He did on the cross was enough, for always, for eternity. But oh how He loves and He continues to teach and convict and help us to deepen our walk with Him. I love Him so!!

Anonymous said...

I know him but best of all HE knows me.

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