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Sunday, August 1, 2010

Your Value to God

Have you ever thought that the world revolved around you? It does, but not like many people think.

Anyone who thinks that he is more important than anyone else is wrong. Anyone who thinks he is the most important person in the world is right. These statements are not contradictory of each other though many will claim they are.

God loves you with the same love that He loves others. There is nothing you can do to get Him to love you more. There is nothing you can do that will get Him to love you less. You are equal to the most and least loved person on the earth. Yet, there are times that the Bible seems to say this is wrong. For example, the Bible says, "God loves a cheerful giver." I think that has more to do with delight than actual love. How about, "Jacob I loved and Esau I hated?" This deals with hyperbole. It is a statement of the actions of those who disregard their inheritance. No, God loves you just as much as He does the Pope or Billy Graham.

This means that God will move heaven and earth so that you would know Him and come into His fellowship. He sent His Son for you even if no one else came to accept His forgiveness. He came for you personally to know Him. He will come after you if you walk away from Him. He will use the full extent of His resources to do so. He will make the bad and the good work to bring you close to Him. He will use those who love Him and those who hate or are indifferent to Him to bring you to Him. He will never make you go but He will lead in every possible way to get you to come to Him.

So the whole universe exists for you. And the whole universe exists for me, too.

There will come a time when a book will be opened and you will see your name written in it. Your name was written there before the beginning of time. You will realize that God did all that He did for you to have your name there. There will be other names. Maybe you will realize that He did all that He could so that their names will be there too. It won't matter if you realize it or not. Your name is in the book right now or it will never be. God has either been successful in calling you to Himself or He hasn't. You may continue to reject Him all of your life. You may be doing so right now. He will not make you come to Him.

You may have walked away from God. Isn't it strange that you would be reading this right now? Why is that? Could it be that God is calling you home to Himself? Did a friend tell you it was here? Could God have led that friend to tell you how important you are to God? He will change the universe for you to in His loving arms.

He knows your name.

Isaiah 49:16 (ESV)
16 Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are continually before me.

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