God loves you. Did you know that? I think we all want to know and believe that is true. I think we want to believe it in the depth of our heart. But He doesn’t just love us so that we can do whatever we want to do. God loves us and wants us to know Him. He wants to have a relationship with us; He doesn’t just want to be a salve or a bandaid we put on our wounds.
God is not someone who only wants to be contact when we are in pain or when we are sad so He can make it go away. He wants to walk with us through the good and the bad, and have us realize that we can’t do really much of anything at all on our own. We can only breathe because God is constantly sustaining His creation. God wants us to be in relationship with Him when we are thankful, when we are happy, when we are in need, when we are sad, when we are in pain, when we are in tears, and when we are in laughter.
That is what His love is there for. He wants us to know that He loves us. He wants us to know Him, be known by Him, and spend our lives getting to know Him more. God sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, so that we could know God as our Heavenly Father. This is an intimate knowledge, more than some big guy in the sky, or the man upstairs. God sent His Son to show us His love. Romans chapter five verse eight says that God demonstrates His love toward you and me in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
God knows we are not perfect. He created us. He knows we’ll mess up, that we have messed up, and that we will never fully arrive in getting it right all the time. But God still loves us. He wants us to know Him, but more than that He wants us to follow after Him. He wants us to see the example of Jesus Christ in the Bible and to follow it. He wants us to follow His commands because that is the most abundant and blessed and fulfilled way to live.
To follow Him means following a different Way… a better way. It is a way that is not easy and is often uncomfortable and selfless, but it is much, much better than the normal way of the world. God’s Way is a Way of fulfillment, satisfaction, and wholeness. It is a place where love and forgiveness abound. It is a place with a high calling to live life in the right way and to tell other people about this different Way. It is a challenge, for sure. But it is well worth the struggle.
What’s holding you back from following The Way?