Every think about what makes you tick? What's the driving force in your life? I'm happy to say that my husband--wonderful as he is--is not what makes me tick. Neither are my adorable kids. I don't get my fulfillment from changing diapers, making meals, and keeping a clean house (I'd be unfulfilled, indeed!), but from something infinitely more.
I'm about to share with you something I haven't yet shared on my blog here, at least not purposefully and in detail. It's the story of how God chose me to be in His family, paid a steep price for my ransom, and then wooed me until I could resist Him no longer. Ready?
God Chose Me
We'll have to go back to eternity past, when there was nothing but God. And thousands upon thousands of years ago, God knew me. He knew everything about me. And yet He loved me. He knew, even before I was born, that He wanted to adopt me into His family. Oh, it wasn't because He knew what a gem I would be! (snort!) It was simply because God, by His very nature, IS love.
The Big Problem
But there would be difficulties with that, because God is perfect, and I am not. Much as God loves me, He can not allow me, with my sin, to have a relationship with Him, or enter into Heaven one day. In fact, not only could God not allow me into heaven, but I must pay for my sin, forever, in hell! Now this, oh this is a dilemma! What could God possibly do? He can not deny His holiness. But He also can not stop loving me. It seems an impossible predicament with a certain, hopeless end--I have sinned against a holy God, and I must pay. It's only fair, right?
A Steep Ransom
He willingly paid the penalty for sin...MY sin. Death. On a cross. The most agonizing and humiliating of deaths. And because He had lived a life of infinite value, He was also able to die a death of infinite value.* God's justice had been satisfied, and yet there was now a way of escape. And all for me!
~~~What a gift! What a merciful God!~~~
Courtship & Romance
And this, dear friends, is why I am the way I am! This is what makes me tick! I have been on the receiving end of God's mercy. How can I live for anything or anyone except Him?!