Corporate and personal

It’s Monday Grace!

“I know that God loves everyone, but I don’t know that He loves me.”

I actually heard those words a few years ago from a pastor. That might seem a little strange to you, but it is a real problem in the church. God loves everyone, but does He even know about me?

For most of the church, connection with God is corporate. That means they belong to a church in order to be acceptable to God. Around the world, there are millions of people connected to God through their church only. Now, they might believe. They accept the message of the Bible as true, for the most part. But they don’t know God as a person. They know the story of Jesus, but they don’t know Jesus.

I don’t judge the corporate faith of the majority of the world’s Christians. In fact, that connection is real to them. It is the definition of their faith. I don’t judge whether or not they are saved. But they are missing something wonderful. They are missing the Person of Jesus.

Does God love everyone? Yes! He even loves those who hate Him. He loves all the people in the churches everywhere and all the people who aren’t in church. His love isn’t the question. The question is, “Does God love me?”

God is great enough to see the whole of His church with love. He refers to the Church as His “bride.” But He is so great that He knows you personally. He knows your name, your struggle, your worries. He knows what you have done. And He loves you—just plain old you.

I think it is great that the Church is so large. So many people across the world and across history. But I think it is even greater that Jesus loves me.

I am convinced that one reason Jesus came in the flesh was to communicate the heart of God toward individuals. Notice how often Jesus interacts with just one person. The leper, the adulteress, the demon-possessed man, the woman at the well. He looked them in the eye, touched them with His hands, to show them that God loved them. He spoke to the crowds, but His words were heard by individuals. And they believed that God loved them.

Yes, God knows you and loves you. Jesus is His proof.

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  1. Jeff

    Yes, God knows you and loves you. Jesus is His proof.

    That can be a bitter pill to swallow at times when one has been groomed since childhood to be subserviant to their abusers. And the abusers, who have not changed seem to go thru life unscathed, even prospering from their evil wiles as we silently suffer thru the curse that was placed on us, sometimes by those who should have been looking out for our best interest.

    Had to come to terms with God’s love thru the perspective of The Cross. He too suffered while being betrayed and even mocked. But the instances of Jesus’s life among us in the flesh are a reminder that He had a special place in his heart for the broken. And in that, I will take refuge, believing that there is a divine purpose and significance in our suffering. It doesn’t always feel like it but I know that it is true.

    Have come a long way over the last few years where the emotional pain was acute as I cursed God for what has been, and for the life long damage inflicted. Had to come to terms with the fact that the prince of darkness is the ruler of this world and eventually he will get his due. And that includes some who claim to come in His name…will leave divine justice up to Him while continuing to become more like Him.

    22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

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