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.
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, God’s Word is mostly counter-intuitive. Take His famous love-commandment 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.”
Attempting to follow the love-commandment without knowing the Lord is as difficult as trying to sing in three-part harmony while being tone-deaf. God is the source of all love. He has loved us long before we even recognized Him.
Our human love lacks the depth that is characteristic of the love of God. Case in point, the love of a narcissist knows only one dimension, while people who care for themselves and others love in two dimensions. However, those who have faith in the Lord learn to love in three dimensions. Grounded in self-love, stretching horizontally in their love for people and reaching out vertically in their love for God, they live meaningful lives.
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 biggest number in God’s kingdom. And as we grow closer to His heart we begin to understand what counts.