God Loving His Church
Verse 10 For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to Him through the death of His Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through His life!
We started out our series talking about the foundation of the Church, the declaration of who He is and who we need to declare Him to be. Today we look at this from God’s point of view.
It should go without saying that God doesn’t see things the way we do. Because He chose us before the world began it is easy to place ourselves on a plateau that doesn’t belong to us. If we think that He chose us because of how good we are, we would be wrong. He chose us knowing us what we are. He knows that we aren’t the perfect people we think we are. He chose us when we were still sinners, when we were His enemies.
His enemies. That isn’t something we like to think about ourselves, is it? We were on the opposing side of life. We were caught in our sin and enjoying it. But He loved us even when we were loving our sin. In fact, even before we were born and living our sinful lives He sent His Son to live and die for our sins. His whole reason for sending His Son for us is so we can be reconciled with Him.
Reconciliation is one of the things that God is about. He wants us to be reconciled with Him and that can’t happen if we are still living as His enemy. Reconciliation takes steps from both sides. A relationship can’t be righted without effort on both sides. God did His portion years ago and so we need to address our end of the relationship. Since our sin puts us at odds with God we need to address the sin in our lives.
God loves His Church so much that He gave His Son’s life for payment for our sins. He didn’t make us so that we don’t sin, though He could have done that. He wants us to be in relationship with Him. And He wants us to want a relationship with Him too and so He extends His grace to us. We don’t deserve it but that is part of its beauty. It is undeserved but still given through His loving heart toward His chosen people.
As His chosen Church we should want this relationship as much as He does and seek reconciliation with Him. We need to choose Him over our sin.
Making It Personal
What steps do you need to take to be fully reconciled with Him? What sin is blocking your step towards God? Which is going to be your choice, the sin or God?
Making It Personal Kids
What is sin? Why did Jesus die? Do you want to be close friends with God?
Father, only through Your grace can we be reconciled to You. We want to be reconciled with You. Please guide us to closeness with You. In Jesus’ name, amen.