Jesus loves me. Jesus loves you.
God is love.
Each of those statements are absolutely true and are wonderful things to celebrate in our worship and in our relationship as Christians.
But the thing is God loves us too much to leave us as we are. Revelation 3:19 says, “The people I love, I call to account–prod and correct and guide–so that they’ll live at their best. Up on your feet, then! About face! Run after God!”
The more traditional translation in the NIV says “be earnest and repent.”
Both are great pictures of what God calls us to do. His love is vast but so is His Glory and His purity. The whole point of Jesus coming to earth to die for our sins was because we were a sinful people–I was a sinful person–unable to ever bridge the gap from where I was in my sin to God in His heaven. There was simply no way. I was hopeless.
But God prepared a way. Jesus is The Way. And so once we have accepted Him as our Savior and Lord, we have a way across that gap. We do have hope.
All of scripture is one giant picture of a God who so loved the world. He loved us enough to create us, to call us into relationship with Him, and to make a way for that to happen when we could not. He still calls people to Him and wants to use us in that work, to use us to go and make disciples.
I am excited to worship the God who Loves today. I invite you to join me, in your own churches or you are certainly welcome at ours (First Baptist, 101 N. College Street, Cedartown, GA).
Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty who was, and is, and is to come.