Advancing the Conversation of Jesus
After setting up SECRETS #1 and #2 as the foundational two secrets-the secrets all the other principles build upon, I threw you a bit of a curve yesterday. I pointed out a third direction of love-God’s love for you-that serves as the real underpinning of your love for God and your love for your neighbor.
Since God is love, it only makes sense that the visible expression of God through Jesus would express this same dynamic. Jesus is all about love within a relationship with him and seeks a relationship with anyone who wants it. Whoever receives this message of God’s love possesses the most revolutionary reality a person could ever experience-peace, acceptance, no guilt, the abiding presence of God, and the greatest empowerment ever imagined!
So SECRET #3 is: The follower of Jesus comes to know and accept God’s unconditional love for him. I have delineated this secret into seven parts God loves you unconditionally. There is nothing you can do to earn the love of God. He loves you just as you are and there is nothing you can do to stop him.
God made you to be special with a special mission. You are so unique with a DNA address that identifies and separates you from everyone else in the world.
God searches you out like being in a courtship. He is courting you as a lover. All He is looking for is some sort of response to His love. Do you reciprocate this love back to Him or are you ignoring or snubbing His gestures toward you?
God is relentless until He finds you to help you back on track. This is what Jesus was teaching, when he taught of the lost coin, the lost sheep and the lost or Prodigal son. God knows your heart is restless, until you find your rest in him. He created you to be in relationship with him-to be dependent upon him as your Creator. If you ignore this purpose of the Creator, you will find yourself in a dependent mode on something or someone else. Then, you will be serving other gods and not the God.
God does not threaten you-not dangling you over the threat of hell. Most have been urged at one time or another to turn to God and avoid going to hell. Turn or burn has been the theme! God does not want you to live with this sort of threat and fear. This is why Jesus spent His time seeking out the lost, the down-and-out, the broken and the sinners. And Jesus did so with the greatest expressions of love. He only threatened the religious leadership and the haughty do-gooders. God wants a personal relationship with you through Jesus forever and forever and this relationship can begin right now!