February 2–Shaken Not (Just) Stirred

Even when we weren’t looking for God’s love, or didn’t even know it existed, God poured out the full measure of His love for us through Jesus. Each one of us is so precious and valuable to God that He shook our world by first entering among us and, then, sacrificing His Son to pay for our sins. Through this love sacrifice of Jesus, the sting of death and the power of sin have been shaken off–from each of us who believe–for all eternity.

This is how God showed His love among us: God sent His One and Only Son into the world that we might live through Him.This is love: not that we loved God, but that God loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 1 John 4:9-10

Personal Reflections from Sylane:                                                                           I would love to tell you that I totally get this love God has for us. I don’t. I can’t grasp it in its entirety. At least not on this side of Heaven.

But I know this is truth. And this truth has shaken my world.

What Jesus has done for me–out of love and His unlimited passion for me–has shaken my world. I can only–and did–respond: “Yes, Lord, I believe You. I believe You love me. That You, Lord Jesus, You died for me. For my sins. You alone are my Savior. In You alone I am forgiven. In You alone I have life–now and forever. And You chose to do all of this because You love me.”

Please don’t read that too quickly. It is not meant to be “Christianese” language–that flows like well-rehearsed lines without any real power.

No. The power behind these words of accepting God’s love for me–even when I didn’t, and still don’t, fully understand it–is the very power that moves mountains and sets captives free.

Jesus shook my life. Shook my thinking. My world-view (which was far too well established by age seven) knew that I was not loved–or at least not worthy of anybody loving me. I couldn’t be. Not with all of the abuse, the screaming, the incest, the guns, the knives, the fear, the hatred, the hurt, the anger, the evil, the sickness. I had clear and well-founded evidence for not being loved.

But! Jesus Christ–the LORD of Heaven and Earth, the Sovereign God over everything that exists moved the mountain of my fear, hurt and hate to shake my world. The Eternal God loves me so much that He gave up all His comfort to comfort me.

The Holy One of God loves me so much that He gave up His life to give me life. Eternal life. And life–right here and right now. Jesus Christ chose to be taken captive by the cruelty of this world in order to set me free.

God chooses, still, to show His love among us. He entered right into my messy life to show me what true love is. His LOVE that shakes our world because we cannot control it, contain it or explain it. We can only say, “Thank You. Thank You. Thank You.”

What God has done by coming among us to show His love through the extravagant humility of Jesus–should not just stir our hearts.

It should irrevocably shake our worlds.

It did mine. And I am so thankful.

In love, peace and purposeful passion,                                                               Sylane