1999-11-04 - Why Do We Worry?
Gal 4:6-7 And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, "Abba! Father!" Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God. (NAS)
Somehow we see this truth - that we are the sons of God - but fail to translate that into the security most children feel with their parents. There are few, if any, children I know that do not feel safe running to their parents. When the chips are down or falling, those kids can go to their parents. They know there may be consequences if they are at fault, but they do not fear rejection for lack of performance. Their parents will still love them, regardless. These kids don't wonder if their parents love them. It is almost taken for granted that they are loved.
Rom 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (NAS)
So why do we struggle with our acceptance by God? If Jesus was willing to come and die in our place before we were born - while we were still His enemies - what kind of love is that? Agape. The Greek word for unconditional love, or love with no strings attached. We worry that if we somehow don't live up to some standard, that God will think less of us and reject us.
Well, for one thing, God is omniscient, all-knowing. He knows everything there is to know. He surpasses the idea of wisdom as we know it. We acquire wisdom, where God contains wisdom. God is also omnipresent. He is not limited by time and space as we are. We live in the present with no way to get back to the past or move forward into the future. God knows we will do something before we do it, think it or say it. Before we conceive a thought, He knows that we will have that thought. So there is nothing we can do, say or think that will surprise God. And that love without strings knows that our frame is dust, that we are fallible, mortal human beings that will stumble and fall in spite of our best efforts. When we do, we can cower and hide from Him. Or we can become as little children and humbly stand before God and ask for forgiveness. When our heart is broken and our request is honest and heartfelt, then we can know we will be forgiven.
John 6:39 And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that of all that He has given Me I lose nothing, but raise it up on the last day. (NAS)
If you belong to Jesus, then it is the will of God the Father that Jesus will lose nothing that the Father has given the Son. There are no grandchildren in the Kingdom of Heaven. You are a son or daughter of the Creator of the Universe, the King of Glory. You are an heir of glory. You are a Prince or Princess in the Kingdom. There are no qualifiers other than the blood of Christ that signed your debts to Himself and signed over His matchless riches of eternal life to your account. He has sealed you with His mark of identification.
If our children don't struggle with the fact that we love them, should we worry that we are not loved by God? He has demonstrated His love for us. He lived for 30 years before His earthly ministry started. He lived every second of every day perfectly, just for you and just for me. He did it so that He would be found guiltless when He died in our place. He could have called the whole thing off at any point during that 30 years. But Jesus lived that life in perfection.
Matt 28:19-20 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.
He has promised to be with us to the end of the age. He has given us this promise so that we can walk confidently down the narrow way.
Grace & Peace,