God’s love for us is unrelenting. “The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: Therefore, with lovingkindness have I drawn thee” (Jeremiah 31:3). The popular story of the prodigal son perfectly illustrates God’s unconditional love for the sinner (see Luke 15). It perfectly demonstrates God’s willingness to make something out of our nothingness.
However, I am sure there are many of us, including myself, who have attempted to make sense of God’s love for the sinner. I really do appreciate it –though I do not understand it—but I have many times ask the question, “What does God want with us?” Really. What does God see in us that is of so great value that He would send His Son to suffer and die in our place for our redemption.
For the drunkard, who finds himself enslaved to his bottle; the prostitute, who knows the mess that she has made of herself, this question becomes real, “What does God see in me?” or Even better, “What could God see in me that is of any value?”
I have heard the question asked many times, “after man sinned, why did God not simply destroy man and the world and create new creatures instead of allowing this mess?” Obviously God did not. Therefore, we are left with the question we started out with, “What does God want with us?”
As I thought about the whole matter of human dignity, it came home to me, that “all men, no matter their financial standing; their religious beliefs; their moral standing; or the colour of their skin, all men have something that God wants.” All men have something that no one can take from them unless they freely give it. All men have something that no government, no legislative body, no religious group can take (not even by force) unless it is voluntarily given by that person. That precious thing is our freedom of choice; our ability to decide.
This is what man has that God wants. It is a gift that God gave to man at the beginning (Genesis 2:16) and though man has fallen into sin, God prefers that His Son should suffer to redeem man than to destroy man with such great potential.
Therefore, in spite of our condition in this life; our position; our financial standing; our moral standing; all men have something that they can give to God. All men have something, that if they give to God, (because of what Jesus has done for us on Calvary), they can be restored to His image.
What does God want with us? He wants us to choose Him. God knows that love cannot exist without freedom of choice. Therefore, He created us with this precious gift—the ability to choose—so that we can enter into a covenant relationship with Him.
The fact is, though our freedom of choice is valuable, it really has no value in our hands. Therefore, the word of the Lord says, “. . . I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; that you may love the LORD your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days;” (Deuteronomy 30:19, 20, emphasis supplied).
“For”, according to Jesus “whoever desires to save his life (whoever desires to keep his life to himself) will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it” (Matthew 16:25 emphasis supplied).comments powered by Disqus