In my last post, It’s All About Him, I talked about how abundant living is believing and trusting God is Who He says He is and will do what He says He will do. And I also said, “…even though God includes us in the story and invites us to partner with Him in the story, IT’S NOT ABOUT US and the outcome does NOT depend on us. It all depends on God, His infinite Love, amazing grace, and His Sovereign plan.”
I wanted to follow up on this a little bit because while all of that is true, I don’t want to create a sense of God being distant.
Have you ever asked yourself, “What’s the upside for God?” Well I have. My close friends know that for the last couple of years I have said this many, many times. And while most of the time I was being sarcastic and funny (I know, you are shocked) I truly wanted an answer. I truly wanted to find the purpose in all of this for God.
Back to my question…do you get my point? I mean really, from the very beginning, Genesis chapter 3, our story is one of disobeying and rejecting God. Even in a perfect world, the Garden of Eden, we rejected Him and His plan.
This is our story, Love reaches out to us and we reject Love. So what does He get out of all of this?
If you back up further, I think there’s a question that comes before, “What’s the upside for God?” I think the first question is, if God is Omniscient (and He is), “Why did He set all this in motion in the first place?”
I think Jesus told us the answer when He met Nicodemus…God so loved. The God who is Love, the Triune God, who lived in perfect community with Himself (the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit) loved so much that He wanted to express that love and multiply it. Love created us to love us and for us to be so loved that we would multiply that love in all the earth.
Love creates, Love expresses, Love needs an object.
We were created to be loved by Love Himself and to express that love. And that is how it becomes about us. We are the creation and object of His love.
But He knew we would reject Him. He knew we would reject Love instead of receiving it and living it.
So again, why? Because He is Love regardless of what we do, whether we love Him in return or not. He continues to be Love and to Love. He is the definition of unconditional Love.
As believers in Jesus Christ, reigning in life is allowing the Love of God in us, that Love that created us, saves us and transforms us from the inside out, to reach out to others. It’s exactly what God said to Adam and Eve, “Be fruitful and multiply.” It’s the same thing Jesus said to His disciples, us, “Go make disciples.” Jesus also said, “Love one another as I have loved you.”
How did Jesus love us? Unconditionally, fully and completely. He gave all of Himself for us, knowing not all of us would receive it. Knowing in fact that many would reject His expression of love and refuse to be the object of His love.
For those of us who receive Him reigning is receiving Love and then in turn loving. It’s allowing Love, Jesus in us, to create through us, that same Love in us to express itself, and that same unconditional Love in us to love others, the objects of His love, even if they reject Love.
And that, I believe, is how it’s about us.