It would be easier if it were earned. I could wrap my head around needing to perform effectively to reap the reward. This eternal love affair He gives freely to anyone willing to stretch their arms out and accept it. What grace.
Looking around the room, I see people who deserve it. Those that have given their lives to service. Becoming less to benefit another. They’ve earned my share.
Then there are others…
I don’t understand it because I am one of them. One that hasn’t done a thing to deserve what He freely bestows upon me. I say I’m simply striving but for what? For whom?
Friends, it’s all I can think to do. Simply strive to live like I deserve this robe of forgiveness He’s wrapped me in so tight I’ll never be able to get out of it.
And that’s the hard part — forgiveness. We’re used to having forgiveness cause debt. I’ll say it isn’t true, but we all know. If I forgive you for a grievance, you owe me. For I’ve had to sacrifice something to forgive you.
To think He took care of that, too. With His great master plan that encapsulates the kind of love we’ll never comprehend this side of Heaven.
“Human love will always be a faint shadow of God’s love. Not because it is too sugary or sentimental, but simply because it can never compare from whence it comes. Human love, with all its passion and emotion is a thin echo of the passion/emotion love of Yahweh.” ~ Brennan Manning, The Ragamuffin Gospel
He sacrificed His Son. He let His sinless Son go for the love of us. It hurts my heart but I have to admit I wouldn’t do the same. I’m sorry, I am certain I couldn’t give up my own son to save another I love.
But that’s the God I know.
It seems He couldn’t get over me.
And for the life of me I’ll never get over it.
Oh how He loves me.
Because we are so riddled with sin, Jesus had to sacrifice His own life for ours. Here’s the clincher–He had to go willingly. He had to take it all upon Himself and pay it in full.
So we can’t owe, can’t pay, can’t earn, can’t redeem, can’t save our own way into the eternal love affair God offers.
It’s simply a gift.
And I can’t do a thing but humbly accept it. Savor it. Experience it with every fiber this human body offers me. And believe deep down in the depths no one can take away from me that He loves me more than I could ever dream possible.
This is the stream of consciousness I experience while listening to the following song my cousin Ginger has gifted me with. And I’d like to share it with you. I know she won’t mind…will ya, cuz.
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A Little Longer ~ By Brian and Jenn Johnson
What can I do for You?
What can I bring to You?
What kind of song would you like me to sing?
‘Cause I’ll dance a dance for You
Pour out my love to You
What can I do for You beautiful king?
‘Cause I can’t thank You enough.
I can’t thank You enough
All of the words that I find
and I can’t thank You enough.
No matter I try
I can’t thank You enough.
Then I hear You sing to me:
“You don’t have to do a thing
Just simply be with Me and let those things go
‘Cause they can wait another minute
Wait…this moment is too sweet
Would you please stay here with Me
And love on Me a little longer
I’d love to be with you a little longer
‘Cause I’m in love with you.”
How about you, friend? What goes through your mind while soaking in this song? What do you do with this free gift? I’d love to hear.
Thanks for sharing your time with me.