“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 Believing in Jesus means not trusting in yourself or your own attempts at pleasing God. There is a transfer of trust away from yourself...
“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” Luke 19:10
1. How does God seek people who ignore him?
This is the reason Jesus Christ came into the world. John tells us that God became man: “the Word became flesh.” The invisible God revealed himself and made himself known to us in Jesus Christ: “No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known” (John 1:18). When you come to know Jesus, you have come to know God.
Jesus looks for people who aren’t looking for him. Peter, James, and John weren’t seeking him at all when he stepped into their lives and said, “Follow me.”
2. How does God save people who provoke him?
This is the reason Jesus died on the cross. Brutal men scourged him, mocked him, struck him on the head, spit on him, pressed a crown of thorns on him, and then nailed him to the cross. Those who did this were secular men who did not know God and religious men who claimed to know God. This is what we did to God.
As they were nailing him to the cross, Jesus, with arms spread, said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” Think about it. “I spread out my hands all the day to … a people who provoke me to my face continually” (Isa. 65:2-3). This is what God was doing at the cross.
The God of the Bible seeks people who’ve ignored him and saves people who’ve provoked him. And when you see who he is, you will want to turn to him, trust him, know him, and follow him.
Will you reflect on the ways God has sought you and/or how God has saved you through Jesus Christ?