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My mind went to a place that still makes me uncomfortable when I think about it. I want to have good theology about it and not make it something it is not, but lately I am being reminded that we are Christ’s reward. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:2) For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only son that whosoever shall believe in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16). With all wisdom and understanding, he (God) made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ (Ephesians 1:8b-10).
Christ entered into time to rescue us from for His good pleasure. Hosea is the picture of a prophet living out God’s deep love for His people. His desire is to call us away to a spacious place to teach us things we do not know. That is mind blowing. I have had a season of beating myself up lately, somewhat annoyed at how often I fail, and how much I need saving. Not that I think I have arrived, but feeling like certain things should be a done deal by now. God continues to pursue and woo my heart, and restore and transform my mind for His sake and my good. I am the reward, the prize that Christ pressed on toward the cross. It reminds me of a quote from Brennan Manning, “The Lord Jesus is going to ask each of us one question and only one question: Do you believe that I loved you? That I desired you? That I waited for you day after day? That I longed to hear the sound of your voice?”
Lord, I believe, but help my unbelief.