The memories of being pursued when I was a young gal, fresh out of high school, free to do whatever I wanted – oh wait, that wasn’t me. Those are someone else’s memories.
I was nothing to look at, so no fine looking young males my age were pursuing me. My dorky, no make-up, no-frill hair, and uncoordinated self couldn’t get a date. My senior prom date was a long-haired fry cook from work who was several years older than me. He pitied me. I might still be a tad traumatized from those days as I still remember the long flowing baby pink dress. Admittedly, I still have that prom picture as a reminder of the one guy in my life at the time that saw past my exterior and into my heart.
Our verse of the day comes from John 13:34-35.
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this, all men will know that you are my disciples if you love one another.”
“Jesus was God incarnate, meaning he became a man and came to us. God didn’t love us from up in heaven. He pursued us, found us, loved us. He meets us right where we are and scoops us up in his arms, no matter our state of being.
This is a model of how we are to serve others. We must go. We must get our hands dirty and walk alongside those who need our help.“
God loves me and pursues me, and it doesn’t matter how dorky I look. My hair can be disheveled, and my clothes unmatching or tattered. Those things aren’t what matters to him.
Can I suggest something? Those things shouldn’t matter to us either. When we see others hurting no matter their condition, we should extend God’s love to them. We should serve the less fortunate, the hurting, the weak. Love others as we have been loved.
Meet people where they are. Don’t judge the book by its cover. You never know what’s inside. Look past the exterior and into the heart.
Lord, I thank you for pursuing me. I thank you for loving me with an unending love that never fails. You have shown yourself mighty, gracious, merciful, and committed. You have pursued me all my life, and I am thankful. Father, if anyone reading this today doesn’t know your love, I pray they would open their heart and receive the love you so freely give. In Jesus’ name, I pray, amen.