Give Me That Mountain

God Wants You

The Law and Grace. Day five...

My rural elementary school was very small—small enough that the boys from two grades had to be combined to come up with enough players for a baseball game.

Now I had great hand‐eye coordination, but my thought process was way too deliberate for sports. By the time I'd considered all the possibilities for the approaching ball, any opportunity was long gone.

ball diamond

Needless to say, I was not first‐pick on anybody's team. I was, instead—when there were only two of us left to pick from—the lesser of two evils.

I wasn't wanted on anybody's team. I was merely tolerated.

The intent of God's law and the wonder of His grace will never mean anything to you until you realize that you mean something to Him.

God is not just tolerating you. He wants you!

Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. (John 15:16 KJV)

Have you ever seriously considered the possibility that God wants you—that He chose you?

Your perspective on this question has everything to do with your ability to understand God's law and to experience His grace.

While it might not seem so, without a healthy perspective on this question you will never be able to withstand the rigors of the race set before you:

Therefore, since we also have such a large cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily ensnares us. Let us run with endurance the race that lies before us, keeping our eyes on Jesus, the source and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that lay before Him endured a cross and despised the shame and has sat down at the right hand of God's throne. (Hebrews 12:1–2 HCSB)

To take seriously God's call to live a fruitful life will do nothing but frustrate you, if you do not realize that He has chosen you—that he wants you.

Don't you know that the runners in a stadium all race, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way to win the prize. Now everyone who competes exercises self‐control in everything. However, they do it to receive a crown that will fade away, but we a crown that will never fade away. Therefore I do not run like one who runs aimlessly or box like one beating the air. Instead, I discipline my body and bring it under strict control, so that after preaching to others, I myself will not be disqualified. (1 Corinthians 9:24–27 HCSB)

Without knowing that you are chosen, I am convinced that the rigors of the race will reduce your relationship with God to one of performance.

Others will label you as “legalistic.” And you will “feel” as if you are living under the law—like an old‐covenant believer.

Taken to the extreme, you will miss God's grace as His empowerment for your success. And you will see His grace as the excuse others use to just coast through their undisciplined lives doing what they want when they want, while you are the one who is trying to do the right thing.

How do I know this? I know this because I have lived this.

Until I realized that God wanted me, I saw every one of His expectations as just another demand. I simply could not understand what He wanted from me, because it all seemed so impossible.

But then there is the other extreme—those who see the race set before them, but are so crippled from where they've been that they won't even try to run.

And the grace of God becomes their justification for maintaining the status quo.

I have lived with this as well. And God's grace became the freedom to accept my life as it was, rather than as it should be. If God did want me, He wanted me in a kind of pitiful way. He didn't really want “me.”

Have you ever seriously considered the possibility that God wants you—that He chose you?

Have a good day,
Mike

Image credit: James Tworow

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