1 John 5:12: “Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.”

Jesus will have us any day, any hour. Not to love us is no option for Jesus. He loves us no matter what. His passion for us brought Him to planet Earth, right in front of our doorsteps. With our self-destructive tendencies, He came to save us from ourselves.

Endowed with free will, we can have Him or we cannot have Him; it’s completely up to us. The problem is, we will miss out on life if we won’t have Him. Life is connected to His name. Life comes forth from His fingertips. Healer of broken bodies and broken hearts, one touch of His hands makes a profound difference. We need His touch to be whole. But then, as we reach out to Him, we touch His heart in more ways than we know.

Jesus is moved by our love. Our love does not heal Him because He is whole. He does not need our love as much as we need His, but clearly, it means the world to Him. It’s a mystery to me how the Son of God, who has everything, seeks our friendship. Jesus proudly announced to the world (John 15:15)

“I shall not call you servants any longer, for a servant does not share his master’s confidence. No, I call you friends, now, because I have told you everything that I have heard from the Father.” * J.B. Phillips New Testament (PHILLIPS)

Being friends with the Almighty is the most thrilling experience I can think of. God does not run a staff of servants, but He surrounds Himself with friends. That is why Jesus had disciples whom He called His friends and His circle of friends widens with every person that will have Him.

When you have the Son you have life. Without the Son there is no life.

Psalm 90:12: “So teach us to count our days that we may gain a wise heart.” *Bible Version: New Revised Standard Version

Learning to count our days to make our days count has everything to do with the brevity of life. Our souls live forever while our bodies have an expiration date. As our first hours on earth turn into days, days into weeks, weeks into months and months into years, we must remember that our lifetime on earth is finite; and we use it to the best of our abilities when we are generous with our time and resources.

We do not have to be rich to be generous. Everybody has something to give. The blessings of the giver always outweigh the blessings of the receiver. It may be counter-intuitive to think so, but then, everything God says is counter-intuitive. Take His famous love command for instance (Mark 12:30-31):

“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”

It is not easy to love a random neighbor; and at times it is even difficult to love ourselves. Loving God adds the much-needed third dimension into our lives. Without God, love would just be two-dimensional – my neighbor and me. Include God into the equation, and we gain depth perception. With God comes love that outlasts us. He has loved us long before we even recognized Him.

Birds come with wings, and we can see their flocks traversing the skies. We too come with wings. Hidden beneath our skin, our souls soar when we love. Numerically speaking, love must be the highest number in God’s kingdom. Growing closer to His heart we begin to understand what counts.

“Blackbird fly, blackbird fly
Into the light of the dark black night”

Paul McCartney / John Lennon