I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love.
With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself.
One thing that always amazes me is how much we as people resist God. Jesus has created us, loved us, forgiven us, and sacrificed His life for us. And yet we struggle to give Him our time, our finances, and our priorities. One Christian author said that if there was a price on salvation, there is no amount we would not pay. But when it is freely given to us, we scorn it as if it is nothing.
There is a line in the movie “Jerry Maguire” where Jerry is frustrated with his wife. He asked her, “What do you want, my soul?” I don’t think that our spouses deserve our souls, but I am positive that God does. And yet so often we find ourselves pouring out our souls to work, hobbies, relationships, and ambitions – and so we have nothing left to give to get to God except the leftovers.
There is another line, in Hillsong song, that says, “You won’t relent until all I have is yours.” When I first heard that, I thought, “Wow….and whoa. God is not going to stop until He has all of me? Do I really want that?” After some reflection, I realized that is exactly the way it is supposed to be. God is supposed to have all of me. I think this is why the Bible talks so much about our hearts. It’s not about our emotions. The heart is really about our will, our desire, and our choices. God starts with my will, and He wants every single part of me. It took me a long time to realize that His way is the best way; it is taking me even longer to surrender all of myself to Him.
So I’m asking myself today, “What am I holding back from God?” When do I say to God, “You can have this but not that? You can have this part of me, but not this other part of me?” Have you ever said these things to God?
God is relentless in loving you and me. You have the freedom to reject Him but He will never stop loving you or pursuing you. He will continue to pursue you with an everlasting love until you realize the joy of surrendering all you are into his loving arms.