God loves you. And let me explain why it’s a big deal.
Therefore the sisters sent to Him, saying, “Lord, behold, he whom you love is sick.” -John 11:3
I read about this verse in the book Jesus Is ___ (which is a great book by the way.. go read it!). I really missed something very important in this verse.. something that probably triggered multiple perspective changes during this summer. It says he whom you love. It doesn’t say Lazarus, the man that loved you so much. Mary knew that the thing that would move Jesus the most was not Lazarus’ love for Jesus, but Jesus’ love for Lazarus.
For me, most of my Christian walk has been my own effort to love God. I thought, “How can I love God more? What if I grow more in investing in people? What if I serve my life group and my church more? What if I read more? What if I go to every morning prayer and every chapel?” I thought it was right, and it seemed perfectly correct. And then I realized.. this is absolutely not the Gospel.. The Gospel is about a God that so loved us.. not about a group of people who so loved God.
John 3:16.. For God so loved the world (and I can talk so much more about this but I’ll just leave it at that (: )
1 John 4:10.. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us.
So, God loves you. When you’re not faithful, He still loves you. When you forget to read the Word, He still loves you. When you decide to run away, He still loves you. No matter the situation, time of day, or circumstance, God is still obsessed with you.
I came up with this phrase that I think is pretty awesome haha. It makes sense in my head..
The Gospel is for you, but not about you.
Yes, the Gospel is technically about us. It involves us. But it has absolutely nothing to do with what we have to offer.. our righteousness or our love or our resume. Isn’t that amazing?