“Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes.” – Ephesians 1:4 (NLT)
Each of us probably meet new people every day. There are folks that we had no idea even existed on planet earth, but because of some convergence of paths we are made aware of them for the first time. In that initial moment of meeting and greeting, it doesn’t take long to figure out whether you generally like them or not. In a short time we can usually know we aren’t going to appreciate them much, or they get our attention in a way that makes us want to find out more about them. Whether there will be another lunch, another date, or another conversation usually is determined by whether we initially like them or not.
That is not the way it is with God. The very first verse of the Bible tells us that in the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Yet today’s passage of scripture lets us know that even before that, God loved us. He loved people even before any of us were created… He loved us even before our personalities, gifts and talents had a chance to develop into something appealing or abrasive.
Over 6.5 billion people live on planet earth today. God loves each of them and has from before creation. He already loved them so much that He sent His Son and through Jesus made it possible for an eternal relationship between God and all 6.5 billion of us. Not just the talented ones, the nice ones, the ones like us… but the poorest of the poor, the wickedest of the wicked, and those that usually find themselves disenfranchised and alone.
You and I are living at the greatest time in the history of the earth for expressing the love of God to the entire world’s population. There are so many ways we can be a part of feeding the poor in Jesus name on other continents, sharing our wealth with those in need in remote places, and at the same time living and speaking the message of Christ to those who see us every day. Our problem isn’t the means, but for most of us our problem is that we don’t love like God.
Talk to God today about your love. Is your love mostly tied up in self interest, or do you have a love like God’s that focuses on the eternal difference you can make in the lives of others? Ask God to teach you to love like He does, and ask God to show you the ways you can express that love to folks that see you each day, as well as the majority of the 6.5 billion people you share the planet with that you will probably never meet.