We are constantly bombarded with information – a thundering cascade of data washing over us every second of our lives. Some of it is useless, some misleading and some is outright confusing.
But then, raindrops of wisdom alight on our consciousness so gently, so simply, that it’s easy to dismiss them. Those “raindrops” can include common sense platitudes, like:
- “If you start setting aside a part of your income every week in your 20s, later in your life you will be wealthy.”
- “If you eat more vegetables – and less junk food – you will feel better.”
- “Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you.”
Did you smirk as you read these or just skim past them, because you know each by heart?
I would have!
“Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know all that… get to the GOOD stuff.”
I’m as guilty as the next guy, but truthfully, the keys to the good life hide in plain sight, nestled among simple, folksy words we easily gloss over.
Power…Packed In Simple Wisdom
That said, I’m going to share with you one of the most powerful, earth-shattering, transformative truths known to man… and I challenge you NOT to roll your eyes, as you read it:
“Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so.”
Do you feel the rush of epic power? Not so much? Just wait.
When I was a little boy, I went to church every Sunday. And if we didn’t sing “Jesus Loves Me” at least once, I felt like we’d violated the Holy of Holies. Every grown-up knew the words, and yet so many of them were sad, tired, burdened, irritated, arguing or struggling. Here we were, equipped with the “Best News Ever,” with the power to solve EVERY problem in our lives, and we weren’t using it! “Little ones to Him belong; they are weak, but He is strong.” Just let that soak in for a minute and see if it doesn’t change your perspective on at least one problem in your life.
Here’s another one (try not to laugh):
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only-begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.”
It’s so cliche now that we paint it on placards at sporting events, but do you have any idea how MASSIVE that is? God, who creates galaxies just by speaking, loves YOU enough to give up the most important thing in His life – just so He can be a part of your life. This one verse of scripture has caused the biggest revivals in history – in places where the Gospel was forbidden – but is commonplace for us.
Are You Missing The Supernatural All Around You?
It’s easy to say, “Yeah, yeah, yeah, I get it. God loves me. That’s great, but I’ve got bigger things to deal with right now.” We treat the breathtaking compassion of God, like a 6-year-old trying to show her distracted daddy how she colored inside the lines.
I have been so convicted about this. The Holy One, the Ancient of Days – who frankly, has better things to do with His time and power – reached out to spend personal, one-on-one time with you and me. He wants to get involved in fixing your marriage. He wants to help you make some extra money for your bills. He wants to comfort and encourage you when you are down.
But we are so distracted by the spectacular, we miss the supernatural.
In his darkest hour, as Elijah cried out to God for direction, God didn’t speak to him through the windstorm, nor the earthquake or even through the fire. He spoke to him in a whisper, using plain words and simple messages… and that’s how He still speaks.
Do You Really Understand Love?
I want to leave you with one more powerful statement so easy to overlook: “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God!” (I John 3:1).
You’ve heard it a million times – you may have even learned it as a bouncy little song. Personally, when I read it in the King James Version, in my head I hear Laurence Olivier booming it out like a line of Shakespearean dialogue, so it’s easy for me to brush it off and miss the meaning.
Let’s read it like this, instead:
“Wow!! Think about how incredible the love of God is, that He allows US to partner with HIM, in His work!”
In ancient languages, the words, “sons” and “children” are not interchangeable, even though we do it in English all the time. Basically, “children” stay home with their mother and learn basic life skills, while more mature sons (and daughters) go to work as apprentices, alongside their father. It’s an honor – a major milestone in a young person’s life – to be called into their Father’s work. The Father takes genuine joy in seeing His children step into that place of maturity, strengthening the bond between them, as they work together… passing the craft from generation to generation. It’s such a shame we’ve lost that in our culture today.
The Father had every right to pass us by, abandoned and forgotten in our sin. But in His great love, He reached out to us, adopted us into His home, loved us as His own children, cared for all of our needs, and is now pleased to invite us into His workshop, as partners in His great work.
Don’t miss this!
The Father wants to be near you, guiding you, teaching you and loving you deeply and affectionately. And what is His work? Caring for the world. Feeding the poor, sheltering the needy, binding the brokenhearted and sharing the Gospel. It’s an honor to be called, and He is inviting YOU.
At King’s Ransom Foundation, we take our work for the Kingdom very seriously and are deeply grateful for the people who come alongside us to get it done. And, we’re so excited to have you in our family. If you’re new to our family, and would like to learn more about the work we do around the world, explore KingsRansom.org.