I know that we aren’t supposed to rely too heavily on feelings and emotions. However, the words of our most recent chapter in Audacious likely instigated some strong emotion. I don’t want us to skip past them too quickly.
I believe the point begs to be made again, “To audaciously love, we must -- to the last atom in our DNA -- believe that we are audaciously loved.” (Audacious, page 41)
Read: John 3:16-17
Reflect: In the chapter we read on Monday, Beth encouraged us to focus on what these verses mean about God's feelings towards us.
The mystery of this Gospel we’ve studied so closely in our book and in Ephesians isn’t just for the Gentiles as a group. It’s for you! It’s for me! And, we’ve been asked if we will have the audacity to take it personally.
Is it easier to say, “God loves you,” than it is to say, “He loves me?” If we’d answer positively to that question, we have a GIANT problem. We won’t live in the fullness of what Christ has for us if we can’t live in the fullness of His great love for us….personally.
Respond: I’m purposely being brief today, because I want you to spend plenty of time in prayer and reflection. God sent His one and only Son to die for you, because HE LOVES YOU! How do you (physically, emotionally, and spiritually)respond to that?
Renew: Please write out John 3: 16-17 in your journal today and make it personal. When my children were babies and toddlers, my mom would visit us pretty regularly. She’d spend several nights with each visit. The kids always wanted MeMe to put them to bed when she was there. As a tired mama, I loved it, and she did too! If I happened to be walking by the room when she was saying prayers with any one of them, this is what I’d hear,
“For God so loved (Caleb, Collin, and Claire) that He sent His only Son, that when (Caleb, Collin, and Claire) believe in Him they shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son to the world to condemn (Caleb, Collin, and Claire) but that (Caleb, Collin, and Claire) might be saved through Him.”
It’s repetitive, sure! But, have you ever been willing to receive this love of the Father and Son so personally? Have I?
For all of us today, I’m praying that placing our names in verses that we’ve heard for a long time will transform our hearts and our minds in Christ Jesus. When we KNOW His love fully, we will live with audacious adventure. We can’t skip the receiving to get to the giving. It simply won’t work. Let’s not miss out!