Do you ever think about the questions you will ask Jesus when you see Him face-to-face on that great and final day? When we shall know fully, even as we are fully known.
What kind of questions will you have for Him? Do you have a lot of ‘why’ questions? Why did this happen, why didn’t that happen? How about ‘where’ questions? Where were You when…?
I’ve been thinking lately about some questions I have for my Jesus, but my questions are for the great here and now:
1. What do I do with this love I have for You?
How do I tell about the vast treasury of Your perfect love? About the second birth, Your truth, deliverance, our purpose for life in You, hope that does not disappoint, peace that surpasses knowledge, etc.? How do I tell about the salvation You purchased for all who will repent and believe – that we were bought with the price of Your cleansing blood, by the power of Your eternal love?
I’ll climb every rooftop, shout and declare Your holy name in the streets. I will pray with those who will allow it and tell how Your love reached down into my open grave, restarted my heart and lifted me forevermore.
I will tell of Your loving offers:
- Know real life and perfect love.
- Stand unmasked in the knowledge of our Maker – truly known — thoroughly loved, and unconditionally accepted.
- Receive power from on high – continual conversion into the image of Jesus, to fulfill the Great Commission.
2. How can I thank You for – EVERYTHING You are and – all You have done?
I have nothing to offer One Who has given all for me.
I give You back the very life You breathed into me, everything I am, all I have; with a heart full of awe and wonder, I will remember Your steadfast love.
Without You, I’m a rainbow without a hue, a song unsung, a race unrun, the shore without sand.
If You are not all you claim to be – God, EVERYTHING good, holy, and just – if You have not fulfilled all You promises – new life, Holy Spirit infilling, wisdom, guidance; then life is devoid of purpose and meaning and we are nothing – dead, without hope, and lost in sin and shame.
3. How do I tell the whole world…?
That You, Jesus, are the one and only true God and there is no other. That You are knowable because You have made Yourself known. That if we seek You with all our heart, we will find You and be brought back from our captivity (Jeremiah 29: 11-14). If we seek You, we will encounter You and find strength in our weakness and hope for each day.
How will I explain that an encounter with the living God means transformation, real change – a new heart and mind? It means a holy resurrection from death to life.
How do I tell a woman shopping for groceries, the orphan, a terrorist, a person looking at a bottle of wine or a cigarette for peace, the gambler, the arrogant, prideful, the self-professed ‘good person,’ those who think God can be confined to their ‘religion’ or in their church building?
How do I explain Jesus – His all-knowing thoughts and ways that are above all His creation and every created being? Explain the greatest story of love ever told or displayed.
How did Jesus love?
Jesus loved unequivocally, unconditionally – as demonstrated when He gave His life to save all who will ever believe – even those who hate Him.
He was not overpowered or unaware of the plot of the devil or the plans of man. His plan of redemption began in the Garden of Eden with the first sin (Genesis 3:15) and He foretold His earthly mission over and over to His Disciples.
Jesus explains love: This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: that He lay down His life for His friends (John 15:13).
Jesus walked, lived and died a life of selfless love to restore us from the Fall and bring us back into unbroken fellowship and constant communion with Him.
I can’t answer most of my questions except to say what I believe. I believe Jesus’ love is first – life-saving, then – life-changing. He saves and changes us (as we are willing) so we can then declare His works to the lost around us. How can we not, when we have been saved by such a great sacrifice and saved from such eternal torment!
I believe His Spirit is alive and dwells inside each person who has been born from above, by the power of His Holy Spirit. I believe His Spirit is holy and full of life-changing power. Because of that, I can do all He calls me to do – as I trust in Him. I believe as His children who love Him, we have all been given our assignment. It is to change the small part of ‘the world’ each one of us lives in – the gym, our workplace, neighborhoods, antique car shows, the dog park, our baseball team.
If you have been saved, you, like I, owe a debt we could never afford to repay. If all Jesus ever did was save us on the Cross, we would still owe Him a lifetime of devotion – filled with the highest praise. But as every Spirit-filled Christin knows – He has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.
Let’s live to “fill the earth with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea” (Habakkuk 2:14).