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Too Far.

Friends.

You know those moments when you read the words of Jesus…. And they just pierce you.

When you can feel the words on the page pierce your heart.. for they are living and active.

When they shake the very core and beckon your heart into a deeper truth, a beautiful revelation.

 

“After this, many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him.”

They left Jesus. They deserted the one Way.

 

“Do you want to go away as well?”

Jesus turned to the Twelve. His twelve disciples.

“Do you want to go away as well?”

 

Simon Peter pleaded, “Lord, to whom shall we go?”

“You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know that you are the Holy One of God.”

Simple wisdom.

 

Yet wait one moment- oh, friend hear Jesus’ voice in response:

“Did I not choose you?”

 

This is it: They are secured by sovereign Love.

Jesus asked them if they wanted to leave.

But Jesus has captivated their heart- captivated it in a beautiful way, by divine will.

He has chosen them.

And it’s not a forced “chosen;” rather it’s a chosen that embodies the deepest of longings of our human hearts, joyfully and thankfully and breathtakingly united and secured with our Creator.

It’s all we would ever dream of, all we would ever hope for.

He chose them.

He chose us.

 

even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him.”

Yes, even more..

In love, he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.”

Ephesians 1:4-6

 

He chose Peter before Peter had chosen Him.

He chose Peter before Peter met Jesus.

He chose Peter before Peter had fathomed a Savior.

He chose Peter before Peter was born.

He chose Peter before the very foundations of the world were made.

 

It’s just so wonderful a truth… I am at a loss of words for proper and fitting explanation.

Let me just tell of where my heart is at:

I grew up as an atheist. I didn’t believe in God. I didn’t believe in any higher power nor spirituality for that matter.

I once had not heard the Gospel.

I once did not believe in the name of Jesus.

I once lived a life dominated by striving, by anxiety, by exhaustion and brokenness and pain.

Yet despite my hardened heart. Despite the brokenness. Despite the deeply rooted pain. Despite the search for meaning. Despite the dry, desert life I was living…

 

Nothing could’ve kept me from Him.

Nothing could’ve hindered my heart coming to know Jesus.

Not my atheism.

Not my brokenness.

Not my pain.

Not even my sin.

 

Nothing.

He chose me.

Oh, my heart, hear and feel the power in that!

I write this with a smile on my lips and a joy filling my heart.

 

He chose me before I knew I needed a Savior.

He chose me before I heard the Gospel.

He chose me before I was born.

 

Before God spoke creation, He spoke my name.

I was always secured by sovereign Love.

I have always been His.

Even before I knew who He was.

 

If only my fourteen-year old atheist self, broken and distressed, could have fathomed that I was secured by sovereign Love.

If only my hardened, faithless heart would have imagined that there was a God who already loved me, who already called me His in the Beloved.

If only four years ago I knew of the wonderful, beautiful future that Love held for me.

 

Oh my sister,

Nothing can keep you from Him.

Nothing ever could have hindered you coming to know your sweet Jesus.

Not your past. Not your dirt. Not your brokenness. Not even your sin.

He spoke your name before He spoke creation.

He chose you before the foundation of the world.

He chose you in love.

 

No, your sin is not too great. No, your brokenness can’t keep you from Him. No, your mistakes and screw-ups can’t pull you too far from Him. No, not even the devil himself can hinder you.

 

For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, not anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39

 

These beautiful words are a living, a sharp and piercing truth.

Nothing has ever hindered the Almighty.

Nothing can loosen His grip. Nothing can drown out His voice.

You are secured by sovereign Love.

You have always been.

“Did I not choose you?”

 

How beautiful, how rich, how romantic and majestic this Love!

even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him.”

In love, he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.

Ephesians 1:4-6

 

Next time you see others walk away,

Next time you are in the midst of the desert season,

Next time you think your sin is too big, that you have gone too far,

Next time you think you are forgotten,

Next time you feel unloved….

 

Let the pure, loving voice of Jesus speak to your heart,

Did I not choose you?”

 

Oh yes, He has been singing your name since before the skies and mountains and flowers. 

I bet before creation, when it was just God, Christ, and the Spirit.. I bet they were dreamin’ about us.. marveling over what we would be like. Calling our names in a voice that sounds to everlasting. 

Rejoice, my sister. 

He chose you before the foundations of the earth. 

 

With much, much love. And an inexpressible joy because He chose me. –Melissa

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