Sometimes I just have a really hard time remembering that Jesus loves me in the midst of all my failure and laziness and imperfection. He loves my heart right here and right now in the midst of all my striving to change it. His patient love is there whether mine is or not.
Jesus Christ saw you when you said you wanted nothing to do with Him and He loved you. He loved the part of you that spit in His face and the part of you that clung to Him in despair. He saw the fragmented pieces of your heart that you’d given to one too many people and never to Him and He said, “yeah, I want every piece. I’ll die for it.”
He loved every spot, every scar, every mountain, every valley, and every moment in between and He looked at you drowning in yourself with no way out and said, “I want all of you forever and I will give up everything to have it.”
And He has loved us still.
"And the evil spirit answered and said to them, ‘I recognize Jesus, and I know about Paul, but who are you?’" —Acts 19:15
Can I just say how cool it is that the enemy knows and fears us simply because of our association with Jesus Christ? Men were trying to exorcize spirits in the name of Jesus without actually knowing Him. The spirit wasn’t afraid because it knew the Stronger Man did not dwell in the exorcist.
Our relationship with Christ gives us a name in the enemy’s book. Do they know of you because you know Him? Or are you trying to call on His power without Him?
He is not a genie that you come to only when you want something.
He’s not this short, balding guy with a beard that’s trying to get you to buy into salvation. He’s not trying to sell you something or beat around the bush to try and make following Christ more “attractive”. God does not mask Himself or sugarcoat things. Jesus never sugarcoated things for His disciples.
Salvation is free and it costs everything. But He is almighty and all we need. We need to remember that the God living in us today is the same God who has raised the dead, set the captives free, and opened blind eyes. He is the King and we need to remember that he is living and active in us just as much as He was in the disciples.