The Bible – The Message
33–36 Have you ever come on anything quite like this extravagant generosity of God, this deep, deep wisdom? It’s way over our heads. We’ll never figure it out.
Is there anyone around who can explain God?
Anyone smart enough to tell him what to do?
Anyone who has done him such a huge favor that God has to ask his advice?
Everything comes from him;
Everything happens through him;
Everything ends up in him.
Always glory! Always praise!
Yes. Yes. Yes!
No doubt the Romans were having trouble understand this deep, amazing love of Jesus that Paul spoke about. Paul struggled to find words to explain this love, but he kind of recapped it by saying that God’s love is undeserved, because there is nothing that we have done that could ever qualify as a contribution towards God loving us in the amazing way that He does. This helped me to understand how non-Christians must feel and why we receive the blank looks when we try to share with them the unsearchable, undeserved yet unshakable and everlasting love of our Father. I am convinced that no matter what we tell others about the Bible and all that Jesus said about love, or what Paul or Luke or John said, the thing that will impact them most, is when we tell them about how God’s love has impacted us. Too many of us are way too nervous about witnessing, because we are afraid that we may not be able to answer a Bible question correctly, or recite verses needed to show a lost one their need for the Savior. Friends, when I tell folk about the joys of marriage, and they see and understand how much I love my wife, then they believe what I said about marriage. So it is with witnessing. Although we might use a Bible story or character as an illustration when we share with someone about the love of God, it’s not until we share the impact God had in our lives that they truly start to listen and believe. Ever notice how you totally tune out a person when they tell us about a coworker who may be close to them, but we may not know the person or anything about them? However when they finally get to tell us about themselves, our attention is quickly focused on them? This is the best method of witnessing, I feel. Share what God has done for you, and that the same love of which you told, is also available to them. Remember, God does the saving, not us. Our responsibility is to share what God has done for us, so that others may know that the same ‘Gift’ is available to them.
Dear Jesus, what amazing love You have shown to me! The Love of God is truly amazing! Nothing, absolutely nothing have I done to deserve the love that You showed when You allowed wicked sinful people to beat You and hang You in disgrace on a cross just so that I might have a way to one day enter heaven’s gates and sit with You at God’s right hand. Thank You for claiming me as Your own. Please help me to always allow Your love to radiate through me in such a way that a non-Christian family member, friend or co-worker would have no doubt that the King of Glory resides within and that this love is something they desperately need. Lord, we (Christians) are absolutely worthless without You, and we have no need of being looked on as anything other than the image of our Father. Please have Your will and way in my life even today, and develop a peace in me over those things that would ordinarily give me deep concern. Please touch the heart of my friends that may read this devotional. May they find peace in You and experience that ‘love’ of which I have shared. Thine be the glory Lord! I ask this in Your holy and precious and loving name, AMEN!
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