When an individual is seeking a new career or is attempting to make a lifestyle change, a common question posed by career and life coaches is “What would you do with your life if money was no object?” It is believed that the answer reveals the respondent’s true purpose in life and will act as a guide for how they can achieve fulfilling happiness.
Re-read the above verse in Romans and ask yourself the question, “What would I do with my life if I knew that God loves me fully and completely and that nothing on earth or in the universe can ever separate me from that love?” God’s love for us reveals our true purpose: to receive His love and to love Him in return. We need not fear what happens around us or worry about what tomorrow brings, because once we accept the knowledge that God loves us and wants nothing but good for us, our entire perspective changes.
The phrase “God loves you” is commonly tossed around by well-meaning believers and has caused the weight of the meaning behind it to become lost. Sometimes the statement can prompt us to say, "Ok, and....?" We fail to remember that God is not a distant, uncaring deity. He is the awesome creator of the universe that placed the Sun and the stars in the sky, designed the concept of laughter, sex, and the taste of strawberries. This is the God that is for us and the God that is in us when we become believers. 1 Corinthians 3:16 says that we are God’s temple and that His Spirit dwells in us. The psalmist wrote in Psalm 139-7-10, “Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence?” He goes on to state that everywhere he goes on earth, God is right there. When we accept God’s love, we can allow His presence to fill our lives and remove all of the emotional hindrances and personal obstacles that prevent us from loving and serving Him fully. As 2 Corinthians 10:5 advises, demolish any and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God.
When we accept the depth of God’s love for us, His presence becomes more real than the very troubles that cause us to call on Him in the first place. Re-read Romans 8:38-39 aloud and consider that it is the voice of God speaking directly to you. When we accept Christ, we become the children of God, and all of these promises belong to us. God is with you always and He loves you for all eternity. Selah [meditate].
Take a second look:
God loves you. Fully. Completely. Eternally. Let that sink in. Repeat it to yourself seven times (or as often as you need to) and with each repetition, stop and consider Romans 8:28: “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them.” How will you allow your life to transform now that you have this awareness? How will this impact your future decisions?
What is the path of following Jesus? Slowly read the following passage and pray.
Memorize the following verses:
John 3:16: “For GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD that he gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever shall believe on Him will not perish but have EVERLASTING LIFE.”
Romans 5:8, “But God shows His love for us in that WHILE WE WERE STILL SINNERS, Christ died for us.”