John 15:16 - You have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you.
What a joy to know that the King of Kings has chosen us. Among the people I meet, there are many who suffer from rejection. Just recently a man explained to me how during his childhood he had been bullied by his father and that despite all his efforts, he had not known how to "win" his affection. Rejection leaves terrible traces in souls. If this is your case, this word is for you! I chose you, said Jesus. You are willing, in His will He has decided to take you with Him. He wants you! The Lord does not choose us according to what we could do for Him, in his choice there is no personal interest.
As a mother is filled with love when she sees her newborn, the newborn who can not do anything, not even give that love to her, so God is filled with love for us, as we are even if we are unable for the moment to return this love to Him. In choosing you, the Lord also decides to stand on your side. He is truly Emmanuel, God with us, He who defends us, the cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night to protect us. You've never been so desired, waited ... It's the right time to say: Here I am Lord.
Revelation 3.20 - Behold, I stand at the door [of the church] and continually knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him (restore him), and he with Me.
God chose us. This choice is final and eternal, but it only takes effect when we accept it.The Lord never forces the doors, He knocks and waits. Is it not extraordinary that the Creator of the universe has enough tact to wait for our answer? Here there are no sectarian aggression, staggering doctrines, terrible threats, just a compassionate God waiting for our decision. To open the door is to enter into an intense relational dimension.The image of an intimate meal has several truths to explain this relationship. A meal is always a moment of relaxation, a stop in our activity, this is where Jesus wants to meet us.Head-to-head shows that we are important! Would you dare to imagine that the king or the president decides to have a meal with you alone, far from the media glances and yet the King of Kings is waiting for you behind the door? Finally the Lord wants to end your loneliness, He is ready, Him, to engage in an intimate relationship. Listen to my friend, the Lord knock on the door of your heart, open it all to Him.
Choosing God requires the same kind of determination that Ruth has manifested (see the book of Ruth). She decided to permanently separate herself from her people, her family, her customs, habits and even her parents' religion to go to an unknown country and people with all the insecurity for the future that it can represent. Jesus called his disciples simply by saying to them: Follow me! Their answer was immediate: They left everything and followed him. At the moment of God's call, what is my answer? Am I embarrassed by what I leave behind or is my determination pushing me forward and into the future, even if it's a big unknown? O God, you will be my God (the one who directs my life and my decisions), that is the answer He expects from us.
John 4:17 and 18 - The woman answered, “I do not have a husband.” Jesus said to her, “You have correctly said, ‘I do not have a husband’; for you have had five husbands, and the man you are now living with is not your husband. You have said this truthfully.”
There are meetings that are real divine meetings. This is the case of this meeting between the Lord and the Samaritan woman. Jesus will be led to her to find salvation and deliverance. It was not common at the time to have had so many husbands, maybe she had been repudiated several times, which was a deep shame; where she had experienced many bereavements (it was common for very old men to marry young women); or she had a serious problem of infidelity, at least living in concubinage, as she did, was also a shame at the time. She was at the well at noon, which is not the time at all to get the water (it is too hot at that time), probably to meet no one. We can say that this woman lived in shame, well hidden in the eyes of men, but God sees the secret of hearts. Jesus came to her without condemnation and He will reveal herself in a very precise way like the Messiah.Immediately, she will testify of the Lord in her village, the shame is gone, and many will believe in Him. We all have a past, more or less heavy, but for God it does not matter. He can forgive the unforgivable, He can raise the lowest falling without judgment. Let's forget once and for all the idea that God judges men! The Word of God judges their actions but the Lord, in his love and in his immense grace, opens his arms wide to take us with Him. You may feel dirty and reprehensible, you are the right candidate for a special encounter with Jesus, a meeting that will take away your shame and upset your life.
Let these words enter your heart: God chose you, as you are, "clean" or "dirty", sure of you or "ashamed". There is no shadow of rejection in Him. No condemnation, no reproach, nothing but pure and strong love that tells you: I want you, you, I love You! He has prepared a special meeting with you and maybe it is through this book. He knocks on the door of your heart: are you ready to open?
Do you need to open the door or come back home as we explain this interesting story told by Jesus: The prodigal son?