Words from the Heart for Saturday March 25th, 2017
He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?
Romans 8:32 (NIV)
He Gave Him Up
When God sent His Son to this earth to give His life, it was for us! He has already proven not only His power but also His gracious desire. If the enemy has been trying to lie to you and make you think that God is stingy, just take another look at the cross!
We hear a lot these days about the number of immigrants coming into Canada, and refugees who are arriving at the Canadian border from the USA. What we don’t hear as much about is a program that the federal government quietly introduced in 2015. It has no application fees, takes an average of 14 days to process and applicants have a success rate as high as 97 per cent. Ottawa’s program allows immigrants to voluntarily give up their permanent resident status. According to government data, 5,205 applications were submitted in 2015 from immigrants who wanted to relinquish their permanent resident status for various reasons. Only 17 were rejected.
In the first six months of this year, officials received 7,378 applications — 7,146 were granted, 20 rejected and the rest are pending a decision.
Long before God created the world, He set in place a plan for our redemption. In my opinion, this is one of the greatest mysteries of the universe. The all-knowing God, fully aware that the highest of His creation, humankind, would so negatively impact His perfect creation by their sin that a redeemer would be needed, went ahead and created everything anyway. The God who understood the implications of our sin – the sending of Jesus to die an agonizing death on a Roman cross – would proceed with His plan. There is no greater example of love than this. Jesus is the epitome of God’s grace and love for us. He could not possibly give us a more thoughtful and impactful gift. The gift of Jesus has redeemed and transformed us. But there is more. As amazing as this is, there is more. Paul writes, in Romans 8:32: “He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” Here is Paul’s thinking: if God was willing to send Jesus, and Jesus was willing to die in our place so that we might experience His love and grace, along with His abiding presence, then we can count on Him providing everything else we need in order to live a life of service and compassion. What is your need today? If you have already trusted God for eternal life through Jesus, you can trust Him for your daily needs as well.
These have been words from the heart.