It is so important to remember that God pursued me, that it wasn’t me doing Him a favor of deciding to seek Him and worship Him. He brought me to a church to play my flute when I was 16, and that one visit changed my life. I started wanting to seek God. He put Ken in my life, someone who would ultimately know how to honor Him with his whole life. He put Ken and I in a church where people were practicing discipleship. He brought us to Montgomery and once again helped us be associated with the right people. He allowed our sin to blossom over many years, and for us to be disciplined by our pride and bad decisions. And I could go on and on.
God pursued me. I didn’t plan for this post to turn into REBEL, Part II, I wanted it to just be this feel good piece on adoption, but it turns out being a rebel is a part of the story. The motivation for writing yesterday’s REBEL post came from my communion with God. I didn’t even know that I would open David Platt’s book “Follow Me” today and read. “Our problem is that we are — at our very core — rebels against God.”
Platt goes on to say that we were completely dead in our sins. A dead person can’t initiate an adoption procedure. It is all God. “At the right time, while we were still helpless, Christ died for ungodly people….Christ died for us while we were still sinners.” (Romans 5:6,8)
“Come, follow me,” Jesus said. “You did not choose me, but I chose you.” “…he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him,” (Acts 17:27) It is amazing that God would pursue us, but it is even more amazing that God would pursue rebels, enemies, deliberate sinners. This is the heart of God.