I’ve seen many little girls eagerly tearing the petals off some poor flower, hoping to uncover the truth about their “Prince Charming’s” feelings for them. Truth be told, I’ve plucked countless flower petals in my childhood. In a way, I still do… I’d go as far to say that the majority of people, guys and gals alike, are still “plucking flowers” in some sense.
Before continuing this post, it’d probably be good to specify—I’m not referring to any type of dating relationship or butterflies-in-my-stomach crush (you can put the gun away, Daddy ). I’m talking about our relationship with Jesus Christ.
How many believers have, at one point or another, doubted God’s love for them? I know I have. In fact, it’s still something I struggle with. We know in our heads that God is love— however, it doesn’t always sink in right away. But I don’t want just the head knowledge—I want a heart revelation. I recently listened to a speaker, who had a radical salvation testimony. One thing that he said really stood out—
“Your righteousness didn’t give you salvation—therefore, it can’t sustain your salvation.”
Huh. How many times have I tried to “earn” or “keep” salvation through my own righteousness? But… it never gets me anywhere. When I trust in my own righteousness, it usually leads to pride (“Can you believe so-and-so? He’s obviously new to church*eye roll*”) or fear and shame (“I messed up—again… am I ever going to learn? I’m just a walking mistake…”) Leaning on my own righteousness (which, according to Isaiah 64:6,is like filthy rags) hinders my growth—and it twists my view of Christ. Jesus isn’t up in heaven yelling at us when we mess up. He doesn’t regret creating us. And He is more than capable (and completely willing) to save us from Hell and let us spend eternity with Him. In fact, He desperately wants us with Him. Remember good old John 3:16— the “foundational verse” for Christianity?
Why then, am I spending my time striving for His affection, when He gives His love so freely? Well, if I’m brutally honest with myself—it’s because I’m not fully trusting in Christ. I’m not trusting in His unconditional love for me or in His forgiveness. Ouch, right?
Trusting in the Lord is a life long journey, and something that believers will constantly be learning to do better—but the Lord is so good and patient with us as we grow! We really are like spiritual babies. When a parent is baking cookies with their little kid, they know things are going to get messy and take longer—but they’re willing to clean up the spills and messes, because they so desire to spend time with their child. God is like that too. He already knows we’re going to blow it, but He wants to work with us anyway, because we’re worth it to Him— we just need to trust Him.
“But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation.” ~Psalm 13:5
Do you ever “pluck flowers”, wondering about God’s love?