“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:35-39
For weeks I have been in turmoil about what to write on here next. I have about 10 drafts of post that I started but never quite finished. None of them seemed right. Let me tell you, I have been so frustrated trying to get a post up here and up until this morning I didn’t know what to write. The thing is writing comes easily to me; it follows The Law of Least Effort for me. I’m good at putting together essays and moving word together to touch people but this is different. There is no flowery language. I just want you to know the truth for your life if you believe God. Here it is: Your sins, past, present and future, as a believer were absorbed my Christ on the cross. He gave you His righteousness made you clean despite all that you’ve done. He justified you and you didn’t do anything to deserve it. You might say, “Yea I did do something! I walked up to the alter when the pastor called and repeated a prayer.” Understand this; you were saved before you even left your seat. That compulsion that said “Go” was your salvation. God gave you the faith to believe. He said “come follow me.” You heard it and you responded. There is no way any of us can walk with even an ounce of swagger if we understand our salvation. I fought against my salvation. But as hard as I fought I can distinctly remember God actively coming after me. He was intentional with his actions and one Sunday, I came to church fighting God and left knowing Him.
It’s a dangerous thing to be a non-believer because you never know when God is gonna come and grab you. C.S. Lewis described it as being hunted by the hounds of heaven. God has pursued and loved you since before you were born. He knew you. So take some time to dwell on how God wooed you. Spend some time in gratitude over your testimony. If you’ve managed to “out run” God ask yourself what will be waiting for you when time runs out on you. Someone who loves you more than you can imagine is pursuing you with the intention of making you his. Don’t fight it. Simple as that.