For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
John 3:16 (esv)
If you grew up in the West, this is not only a verse you have heard before. It is one you have had memorized practically since birth. In fact, you’ve probably heard it so many times that you can quote it from memory in several translations. That is how frequently this passage is quoted.
As a culture, we like to be unique. Different. Special. And as a result, we sometimes allow anything that becomes too familiar to be categorized as irrelevant in our minds. We don’t like anything that becomes too common. And I feel like, for much of our society, John 3:16 has done just that. It has become too common. But I want to caution you. Don’t forfeit the greatest gift you’ve ever been offered just because it’s not unique to you.
Really consider what this one little, familiar scripture says. Before you were born, God looked at a world that didn’t deserve His love and He loved it anyway. Before you had ever even taken your first step or breathed your first breath, God saw the deepest and darkest part of you, and chose you anyway. Before you ever heard that freedom was an option, God saw you in your nastiest and dirtiest secrets, and walked right into them to love you in the midst of them.
This is the heart of the gospel. Not just that He made a way for you, but that He did it while seeing the deepest parts of who you are.
Wherever you are in life, whatever dark secrets exist in the deepest parts of yourself, whatever your internet history shows and whatever story plays on repeat in your memories, God has already decided about you. He has seen the absolute worst parts about you, and has already decided that you are worth the trouble of saving.
How do I know? Because He already saved you.
For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
2 Corinthians 5:21
Regardless of whether you ever embrace the gift He gave you, God sent His son to face the consequences for your unrighteousness so that you would have access to the person of God. Regardless of how much you love yourself, death is the consequence for sin. But God sent His son to pay that price so that you didn’t have to. What?! How is it even possible for that kind of truth to become too familiar? How can that kind of gift go unopened?
Even if you never embrace life, He gave It to you. Before you were ever born, God saw you for who you were…and He loved you.
Don’t waste that. Don’t overlook that. Don’t disregard that. Don't spend another minute thinking it over or waiting for the right time to turn a new leaf. Today is the day of salvation. Now is the moment where everything changes.
Embrace it. Live.
You have no guarantee that tomorrow exists.
If you want more information on what that means, and how to embrace the life He died to give you, please email me at Michael_laborn@icloud.com. I will gladly help you!