When was the last time something really exciting happened to you?
Something very good happened to me on Tuesday. At 9:37 on Tuesday morning, my dad texted me and asked, “What are your plans for lunch today?” My response was: “What? What do you mean what am I making for lunch?
My dad lives in Florida, but he was traveling across town on a business trip at lunchtime. So my response to my dad was, “I do what you’re doing.” If you live eight hours away and drive through my town, I’ll do whatever you’re doing.
Dad, I’m doing what you’re doing.
Today, I want to encourage you that our response to our Heavenly Father is the same. Dad, whatever you’re doing, I’m doing it.
But what is God doing? One answer is that God is persecuting people.
God has been looking for people to help them from the beginning. In Genesis 3, Adam and Eve, the first man and woman, ate from the tree that God commanded them not to eat from. As a result they realized that they were naked. They felt ashamed. And that night, when God came to walk with them, they hid from God behind the trees. They thought: Yes, if I hide behind a tree, God will not know where I am. Knowing where they were, God called out to them: “Where are you?” Adam replied: “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid. They hid from the God who made them, who loved them, and who had come to spend time with them.
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God persecutes, and it is we, as people, who hide. We often think and feel as if God has left us because we don’t feel that He is near, but the truth is that we hide from God. We have a God who never stops persecuting us. God persecutes Moses, David, Jonah… In short, God himself comes to earth in Jesus. And in Jesus, it is clear that God wants a relationship with you and wants to spend much more time with you.
And in response to God’s search for us, He invites us to join Him in what He is doing. 2 Corinthians 5:20-21 says, “So we are ambassadors for Christ, as if God were pleading through us. We beseech you in the name of Christ: be reconciled with God. He made him who knew no sin to be sin for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God in him.”
We are His ambassadors. We are invited to join God in persecuting people. We do not need to hide from God. God loves our friend, spouse, co-worker, all the people in our lives. Join God. Do an act of love today. Dad, I’m doing what you’re doing.
Kevin Watkins is director of Campus and Young Adult Ministries at Corinth Reformed Church in Hickory.