Today, while I was walking on Radnor Lake, the Lord visited me and spoke the following, “All things will work together for good for all people, because I, the Lord, love all people and all people are called according to my purpose.” The Lord communicated this to me no doubt because one of my favorite verses from scripture is Romans 8:28 wherein Paul intimates that “all things work together for good for those who love the Lord and are called according to his purpose.” But notice the major difference between Paul’s version and the Lord’s version, in Paul’s version there seems to be only a select group of people who meet the criteria of loving the Lord and being called to his purpose for whom things work together for good whereas in the Lord’s version IT IS EVERYONE who is included in this promise of all things eventually working together for our good. Furthermore, in Paul’s version our destiny is in our hands, for it is only those who choose to love the Lord who receive this promise, but in the Lord’s version it is up to the Lord and it is HIS LOVE that ensures our ultimate happiness.
I believe the Lord visited me with this word today, because I was beginning to forget the incredible profundity of his love and power. I was beginning to focus too much on the rightness and wrongness of my choices and actions and I was beginning to forget that my ultimate destiny is not in my hands, THANK GOD!!! When I consider the feeble nature of my intellect in the grand scheme of things and the fact that I do not know enough to even understand or create the grass that I walk on, I am extremely thankful that my ultimate fate is not up to me at all, but is rather in the hands of a loving God who will ensure that I will make it to a place of happiness and bliss. This is just one small aspect of the thunderous love of God, but it is a key concept. God’s love is too powerful for any of us to ultimately fail. From the worst of to the best of us, all of us are in the hands of a loving parent who will mold, shape, refine, and mature us into beings of love, light, and creativity.
But this notion of all things working together for good for all people is really just the context on which the actual message of this post rests. The actual message of this particular blog post is a question. It is “Do you want a new life?” I pose this question because once we dispense with the fear around our destiny and once we embrace the truth that God already has this whole thing worked out for us in the long run, then this question is what remains of the idea of giving your life to Jesus once the fear of eternal hell and/or eternal suffering is removed. Once you realize that your destiny is not in your hands, then whether or not to believe in Jesus becomes an issue of the present not the future. When I gave my life to Jesus, everything changed and it was as if I received a new life. When I gave my life to Jesus it was literally like someone turned on a faucet in my stomach and like this effervescence starting flowing throughout my body. When I gave my life to Jesus, all of the sudden, I could write incredible works of poetry in seconds. When I gave my life to Jesus, all of the sudden, I could walk up to strangers and tell them about specific events in their lives that they had never confided to me. All of the nonsense of there being this imperative to believe in Jesus OR ELSE, was just deception to distract me from the essence of the new birth that was taking place and the new life that I was being given.
So now I ask you. If you do not yet believe in Jesus, do you want a new life? If I was to tell you that your destiny is safe in the hands of a loving deity and there is nothing to worry about in reference to your ultimate fate, but that you had the chance right now to experience a new life and be born again, not to please God but rather to experience newness and joy like you have never known, would you seize this opportunity? If your answer to that question is yes, then say this prayer, “Lord God I know that you love me and that my ultimate destiny is safely in your hands. But I want to be born again, I want a new life Lord and so I humbly acknowledge your son Jesus Christ as my Savior and I ask that you give me the gift of the Holy Spirit afresh. Thank you forever Lord God, Thank you forever.”