by Pastor Lee Hemen
February 29, 2008
The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness. (Jeremiah 31:3)
We think that we are so smart in of ourselves. We think we decide the important issues of life without any consequence or thought to others or what our choices may cause or create. How humbling then is it to understand and come to know that we are the ones drawn by the will of God to Himself! Just as “The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying ‘I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness,” we discover Jesus telling us “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day.” (John 6:44) It is God alone who draws us to the Savior’s side, not anything we can do, think, or say will matter but that the Lord of heaven and earth has drawn us! How long has God done this? From the “past” until this very day!
For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. (Romans 8:29-30)
For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will! (Ephesians 1:4-5)
In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will… (Ephesians 1:11)
Does this mean we can become smug in our being chosen? No! In fact it should humble us beyond measure to know that God chose us out of all He could have chosen. That it was not on our merit but by His mercy we were chosen. Nothing we did deserves that the Lord of Creation should deem us worthy of His saving grace through His beautiful Son!
Does this mean we do not have to tell others about Jesus since He has already chosen? No! We do not know who is chosen, but we know we must be obedient and share the good news of the gospel. it is the Holy Spirit’s job to take our obedience and soften the hard hearts of those whom God has chosen to show them they are the beloved of God. We in our temporary state we do not know the infinite wisdom of God’s choosing. All we know is that God has loved us with an everlasting love and those He has chosen will understand that message when it is whispered to their hearts by the Holy Spirit as we are obedient to the Word of God: “When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment: in regard to sin, because men do not believe in me; in regard to righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; and in regard to judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.” (John 16:8-11)
Who have you told this week about the everlasting love of God?
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