Sadly, there are a lot of people afraid to meet with God. They are careful not to get too close and personal with Him because they fear punishment, shame, condemnation, rejection, etc.
A good biblical example of this noticed fact can be found in Luke 7:6:7. If you haven’t read that scripture before, allow me to paraphrase;
When Jesus returned to Capernaum, he was met by Jewish elders who were sent by a Roman officer (which by the way is the main character throughout this blog). The Roman officer had heard about Jesus and all the healing he was doing for others, so he sent Jewish elders to ask Jesus to come and heal his highly valued slave. So Jesus went with them.
But just before they arrived at the house, the Roman officer sent some friends to say, “Lord, don’t trouble yourself by coming to my home, for I am not worthy of such an honor. I am not even worthy to come and meet you. (Luke 7:6-7)
Back to the blog….
I wonder what changed the Roman officer’s mind. I mean, at first, he was all for Jesus coming to his home. But out of nowhere, somewhere along the line, his thoughts changed from “Jesus, come to my home.” to “I am not worthy of such an honor.” He even went as far to say that he wasn’t even worthy enough to go and meet with him.
There isn’t much story about the officer’s background, but if I had to fill in the blank, I would assume that he changed his mind because he got to thinking about his past and his present. Depending on what his past looked like, I’m sure it was filled with pain, rejection, fear, shame, and regret. I wonder how many of us can relate.
“…Just say the word from where you are, and my servant will be healed.” (Luke 7:7)
Since the officer didn’t feel good enough for Jesus to meet him where he was, he instead asked Jesus to bless him from a distance. The officer chose comfort by asking Jesus to bless him from afar over the intimate face-to-face, heart-to-heart interaction that he could have had and actually needed. I wonder how many of us have chosen the same.
We stay at a comfortable distance from Jesus asking for blessings, but avoid that heart-to-heart interaction with him. (I’ve been in that boat plenty of times, so no bashing from me.)
But, that’s really what a lot of people do—stay far from God to avoid getting personal. We think the Lord is mad at us, that we have done so wrong that our hearts are too bad and far away from God, and he won’t forgive or want us near. But that’s not true though. Nowhere near it.
Let’s go back to Luke 7:7.
“…Just say the word from where you are, and my servant will be healed.”
The funny thing I noticed about this scripture is the fact that Jesus knew everything there was to know about the officer. He knew his past and present, yet still wanted to meet with him. Doesn’t that speak volume!?
Although, Jesus hadn’t step into his appointed time on the cross yet, he still showed everyone grace, love, equality no matter how great the sin, and forgiveness. But somehow the Roman officer didn’t see or realize that when he decided to change his mind. And somehow, a lot of us still don’t see or realize the goodness of Jesus today.
Hear *read* me loud and clear as I say *type* this 😉: God is NOT mad at you. He loves you and wants nothing more than to meet with you EXACTLY where you are—no matter how great the sin, pain, shame, or regret you harbor.
God knew exactly who and what He was getting before ever creating you. He knew what you would do before you did it. Every mistake, bad decision, everything you eventually regretted—he knew about it already. And guess what? He still chose (and chooses daily) to love you and want you near. That right there, my friend, is called GRACE.
Regardless of your past and present, know that you are important and good enough to meet with Jesus exactly where you are. Your past doesn’t determine what He does for and offers you. The unmerited favor that is given daily is free, and you can’t do anything to deserve it or have it taken away. And always remember; God is not mad at you. He is waiting for you with open, loving arms. All you have to do is accept.
I pray that you, my lovely reader, will allow Jesus to meet you within your heart in a personal, intimate way. In him, hope, love forgiveness, and healing will be found.
Marie Lewis ♥