When Jesus’ disciples returned from a particularly exciting mission trip – one on which they had overcome demons and seen God’s power at work in major ways – He first rejoiced with them in their victory, but then gently reminded them that the thing to get really excited about is that they had a place in the Father’s heart and that they were citizens of Heaven.
Near the end of his long life, the aged apostle John, who had been a young man while Jesus was on earth, wrote these words to his followers :
This morning while I was waking up, I tuned my spirit in to the Spirit of God and asked Him to speak to me. He reminded me that He loved me. It sounds simple, but it makes all the difference. We are made for relationship with God – we were never designed to live without it. Long ago St. Augustine wrote “He has made us for Himself and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in Him”. That, fundamentally, is why Jesus came – so that we could be reconciled to our Father and be at peace with Him, secure in the knowledge of His love.
Do you know that God loves you? There is no more precious gift, no greater knowledge. If you already know God’s love, maybe this is just a reminder to stay tuned in to His channel. I need those remainders daily. If you’re not confident of His love, get hold of a Bible and try reading the gospel of John. Ask Him to reveal His love and goodness to you. Be prepared to have your life changed.
God bless you!