Have you ever felt that there was something you needed to go after and you would not stop until you got it? Have you ever fell head-over-heals in love with another that you felt there was nothing that would keep you pursuing them and staying close to their heart? Have you ever had anyone betray you repeatedly, but no matter what you loved them through it? Do you that this is just a glimpse of the level of love that God has for each one of us? He loves each one of us so much that He will continue pursuing us through all the junk that infiltrates our lives. Have you ever stopped to just contemplate how deep of a love He has for us? It’s really something quite awesome to think about and really goes beyond our realm of understanding.
The Father wants nothing more than for us to be drawn to Him in faith and connected close to His heart. His desire would be for everyone, no matter where they’ve been in life, to come back to Him. Simple fact is that His love for us is so great that he willingly sent His son, Jesus Christ, to come and die for us all and be resurrected to life to give us a doorway to eternal life through Him. We are called to return to the Lord in faith and turn away from sin. We are called to share the Good News with others and steer them to faith in Christ. Through all of that, we face a number of challenges and obstacles that will always try to pull us back. You will see negative reactions from people, you will seem to face new and greater challenges that threaten your faith. Satan has so many tools at his disposal to try to stop us and will try harder and harder to pull us from God. Through all of that, God never lets go and will never stop pursuing us. Those that have not come to faith or lost faith, He will always continue pursuing them. His desire is to open our eyes to His glory and set us free from our sin and death.
My family and I were re-watching the movie, God’s Not Dead last night. If you have not seen this movie, I would highly, highly recommend it. There’s a couple of theme’s from this movie that are so real and evident for all of us today. First, the main character in the movie, Josh, is challenged to prove God’s existence. What a challenge and one that so many would shy away from. What I want to look at is the negatives that Josh faced. Not only was this atheist professor going to try to shut him down at every turn, but his family discouraged him, and his girlfriend, whom he loved a great deal tried to forbid him from it, ultimately leaving him. A lot for a college freshman to deal with. The Holy Spirit kept pursuing him though and gave him the strength and courage he needed.
Then we have his professor. An atheist who because of his own struggles turned completely away from God. He instead was stuck on human reason and logic which in his opinions did not support the existence of God. (Spoiler Alert) Through all of his anger and hatred for God from what he felt was God’s betrayal, when his mom died, the Lord finally opened his eyes. Josh was used a tool to open his eyes and many others. He comes to Christ in the end and finally sees the truth and reaching his salvation and accepting Christ right before he dies. The same happens to a liberal blogger who is left alone when she discovers she has terminal cancer and cries out in desperation.
I share all of this for one reason. No matter how far down our journey goes, God never stops His pursuit of our hearts. He will pursue us to the very end all the way through our death. Christ came to save us and rescue us from the death that we all deserved. God took on himself as the son, all the suffering and punishment and death we deserved. There is no love greater in all of the world.