“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 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, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
(Romans 8:34–39 ESV)
Sometimes…I feel like God has it in for me.
(Those of you who have never felt this way can stop reading now and just bookmark the page for when you inevitably will…)
The job lasted less than a week, the flu shot didn’t work, the kid’s having issues, friends and family members have their own struggles, and Christmas is right around the corner ready to assault me like a hiding mugger.
Ho, ho, ho…
Did I mention writers block when I have a book to finish?
Things have been so hard for so long that I worry about what I will have left if and when things turn around.
I feel like the writer in the verses above…being led like a sheep to slaughter.
I ain’t feeling the love, Lord…
I write all that mess because I know full well that many of you are going through tougher times than I am…and we need to hear truth that applies to us.
According to those verses on the top of the page our trials and hardships are part of the Christian experience and they are are not measures of His love for us.
We are loved passionately, fervently, completely, and eternally by God because we are in Christ despite all the circumstantial evidence to the contrary.
Now, here’s what I want you to try to get your soul around this morning…this is radical, but true.
If you are in Christ, then everything that is true about Christ is true about you in the eyes of God.
Your place in the kingdom and your place in the heart of God have nothing to do with your circumstances, your behavior, your attitude, or anything else.
They have everything to with Jesus…
God foreknew you…which means He chose to love you before creation and long before anything that is happening now.
He predestined you to be in Christ and called you to Himself, justified you by grace through faith, and already sees you as glorified…because you’re in Christ who is already glorified.
His love for you is not predicated on your actions, but on the action that Christ already took on your behalf.
Nothing…absolutely nothing…can separate you from that love.
Someday, my battered, exhausted, faith shaken friends…we will know that we are much more than survivors…we are more than conquerers.
Today is just one more step toward that conquest, even though it may look like another defeat.
You are loved.
Make your own application…