I have always loved Mondays. Ever since I can remember, at least. On weekends, I almost wait for them. I have in the past been convicted of putting too much mirth in the future, without recognizing that Christ is doing; and He loves new things.
“I am the Lord, your Holy One, The Creator of Israel, your King.” Thus says the Lord, who makes a way in the sea and a path through the mighty waters, who brings forth the chariot and horse, the army and the power. “Forget the former things… for I am doing a new thing… behold, now it shall spring forth.” ISAIAH 43:15-21
My big sister, Krystal, is on a study-abroad trip in France right now. “I’ve booked a little visit to Switzerland next weekend,” she excitedly told me over our first FaceTime visit today, speaking of the easy and inexpensive means of travel between countries in Europe.
Krystal has expressed to me before a need to be in control, to maintain routine, and to plan out her life. In such a truly happy way, Krystal expressed to me such newness in her mind. “There is so much more than my little box, my perception how things should be organized. I need to let go.”
Ah, Krystal, how those words resonate with me. And oh so more importantly, I went on to tell her, with the Word of God. Letting go… importantly and ONLY that JESUS may take up. Oh Lord, I desire YOUR WILL and YOUR SPIRIT alone! I know that you are my meaning and purpose, my life as a temple glorifying HOW GOOD You are is our only life call and yearning.
Jesus answered, “I did tell you, but you do not believe. The works I do in my Father’s name testify about me, but you do not believe because you are not my sheep. My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.” JOHN 10:25-30
This is Jesus’ reply to Jewish doubters who wondered when Jesus would plainly proclaim His Messianic Truth, if indeed it was so. He goes one to say that those who listen to His voice are His sheep; and that following His will is a result of such listening. Indeed, listen is a rough translation from the Greek to say that one properly comprehends, and therefore follows and adheres to the Word and Will of Jesus Christ. And of course, His Holy, Holy Spirit now dwells by His unfathomable grace in these sheep, to whom He gives eternal life for the Father’s sake.
And no one can snatch them out of His hand.
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow–not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. ROMANS 8:38-39
He will not let your foot slip; He who watches over you will not slumber. PSALM 121:3
Sin of this world, that Christ in His perfect human body overcame in all suffering on the cross for our justification, cannot keep us from His love. He will shower that love forevermore, a reality earthly dwellers cannot comprehend. WOW, all glory and praise be to HIM!
What it does do is alter our intimacy with Him, draw us away from His presence.
Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death. JAMES 1:15
Therefore did that which is good become a cause of death for me? May it never be! Rather it was sin, in order that it might be shown to be sin by effecting my death through that which is good, so that through the commandment sin would become utterly sinful. ROMANS 7:31
but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die. GENESIS 2:17
HIS perfection, HIS omnipresence, HIS glory has never changed and will never change. HE IS the Father who loves and protects His sheep; the Son, who sacrificed Himself for the sake of the Father; and the Holy Spirit, who calls us to die to our own selfhood, that we would be empty temples for His very perfection, omnipresence, and glory.
We are already rescued by the only one capable of rescuing. Jesus, lover of our souls, calls us to accept His Spirit into our hearts, and by His grace and compassion alone we are set free, our minds cleared from desire for sin that kills (James 1:15), and desire for His will alone.
As I think of my big sister roaming the streets of France, without knowing a soul, I pray that she knows she is no less at home. Her home is in Jesus alone. And just as I pray that her life and soul and heart look more and more like Him, for we know “every good and perfect gift is from above” (James 1:17), I pray this over all roaming souls.
Stop roaming. He has called us to a forever home.