GodReflection: God Shares His Secret
“I have loved you,” says the Lord. “But you ask, ‘How have you loved us?’ – Malachi 1:2
I am amazed at the availability of opportunities to learn new skills. Workshops abound.
Hands on learning is a big deal. Workshops exist to learn how to build Legos, cook Italian food, how to paint, garden and build robotics. I’ve attended workshops on leadership, fundraising, building interpersonal relationship skills and personality makeup.
Most any acquired skill sought is available through guided hands-on training.
Although ever person is born with the capacity to love, I would also argue that it is an acquired skill.
What might life look like without the skill to love? None of us have to look far to see the tragedies created by those who lack love skill.
A theme throughout Old Testament Scriptures is Creator God who cared for His created humans with faithful love—even when they did not love back.
He loved them so intently that he built a nation to call His own.
His new nation would play a role in the restoration to the Holy to lost people from every tribe and nation across the face of His globe.
For the most part, His chosen did not return love to their Creator, nor did they reflect His love to others. The global restoration must have seemed smaller than a speck on a distant horizon.
However, all along God was at work on a secret plan to place His contagious love among us. It was a love that would spread across His world—pardon the analogy—like a flu epidemic.
Now, back to the secret as reveled through Jesus and described by Paul to first century Jesus followers:
For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight. In love, He predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—to the praise of his glorious grace, which He has freely given us in the One He loves.
In Him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that He lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, God did what He had purposed, and made known to us the secret plan He had already decided to complete by means of Christ.
This plan, which God will complete when the time is right, is to bring all creation together, everything in heaven and on earth, with Christ as head.
All things are done according to God’s plan and decision; and God chose us to be His own people in union with Christ because of His own purpose, based on what He had decided from the very beginning (Ephesians 1:4-11).
The cross was a stake in the ground of God’s history line to declare that the Jesus event makes it possible for God and humankind to once again live with each other in love.
The Garden Sin that separated the human race from God was set right on the cross. Because, you and I were declared forgiven.
Since the resurrection, the one God loves draws us sinners in union with himself so that we can reciprocate love back to the Father.
God shared the secret of how that happened.
It happened through Jesus. In essence He sent Jesus to give me a workshop on how to love.
Jesus conducted a three-year, hands on workshop with a small group of Jewish disciples. The secret shared from the workshop was love.
I learn two basic truths from reading the Gospels.
The first section of Jesus’ workshop was to show us human types how to love God back.
The climactic section was a death and resurrection demonstration to show how much God loves each person who has ever lived on planet earth.
To return my love I am to feel and to be God’s love to everyone who crosses my trail. Jesus demonstrates what to do when I encounter the hurting, the hungry and the helpless. Jesus gave hands-on demonstrations to help me know what to do when I encounter the happy, the loved and the successful.
Disciples by the millions who live—and die—in our 21st century continue to stand in awe at the incalculable loved God shines into their lives.
In turn they carry their newly acquired love skill to everyone they meet.
They do so through the power of the secret that entered our world by a baby in a bed of straw. He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. 1 Peter 1:20
Dr. Gary J. Sorrells
A GodReflection on Secret Love