I dare you in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen!

I think God must like living in conjunction with us. Why would He put so much effort into pursuing us if He didn’t? Yet, most of us never consider this as one of God’s genuine motivations. We think of many horrible motivations that might drive Him to come after us, but never this. After all, why would we ever assume that God was good and that His desire for us was perfect and lovely?

Very few of us get close enough to inspect that desire. We believe it is too dangerous to do so. We think we’ll be rewarded in some way for not checking God out. But, it’s time more of us did. We’ve lived for too long with irrelevant suppositions about divinity that break God’s heart. We need a new way of looking at Him–a truth-filled way. Then, let’s look at Truth (Christ) and find out what He was and is all about. I dare you!

5 thoughts on “I dare you in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen!

  1. It’s the only reasonable explantation, because I have certainly done my fair share to push Him away in our relationship.

    During my shallower years as a 20-something youth pastor, I took my students to an evangelistic training event and the keynote speaker offered a message on love. Despite my smorgasbord of Christian experience, my spirit was overwhelmed when I considered the concept of <i

  2. Love coming from God–when we recognize it as the real deal–makes all the difference doesn’t it? I love how it wakes us up from our apathy toward God and draws us near in a way that only He could.

  3. It’s the only reasonable explantation, because I have certainly done my fair share to push Him away in our relationship.

    During my years as a 20-something youth pastor, I took my students to an evangelistic training event and the keynote speaker offered a message on love. Despite my smorgasbord of Christian experience, my spirit was overwhelmed when I considered the concept of God apprehending me. It just sounded too good to be true.

    My kids and fellow leaders huddled around me after the service, expecting the profound nugget they had grown to appreciate through my time in the Word. I looked at them with all the wonder of a new believer and said, “I’ll be honest: I don’t get this!”

    My female leader appeared a little annoyed, because clearly I should have all the answers, but God began the journey of helping me understand His grace in light of His desire: not that He needs me, but that He wants me.

    “We all want to be useful to God. Well, its no big deal. God can use anybody. God used Nebuchadnezzar. God used Judas Iscariot. Its not a big deal to be used by God and the shocking thing in the book of Mark, and the reason why it is so shocking is because Mark is the briefest of all the gospels but he has these terrific little details and one of the little details is that it says, “and Jesus called to Him those that He wanted.” And you realize that out of the twelve people that He wanted, only one was essential to His goal in coming to earth. The other eleven people were useless to Christ but they were wanted by Christ. And I kind of go, I would much rather have God want me than have God use me.” — Rich Mullins

  4. Oh, that’s okay. I’m glad you sent me the rest of the comment though. I definitely have a better idea of what you were saying. I think we don’t reverence God in full if we think that we’ve got Him all figured out. And how can you be thrilled about grace if it’s not something that makes you step back and shake your head…because it just makes no sense! 🙂

    I also really like the quote by Rich Mullins. I had never read it before. It does make all the difference knowing that God wants us and is not just using us because we’re what He got or because He’ll use anybody without a thought to enjoying them as a person.

    I really appreciate you sharing your thoughts, A.W.!

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