I’m sorry to bother you, but, I was standing here just now minding my own business, when I suddenly heard a voice speak to me very clearly. The voice said, ‘Ask him if he knows Jesus.’
I couldn’t help but respond to the voice that was speaking to me. I mean … it was not my own voice … I know that! It was the voice of another that was speaking to me! So … well … what I mean to say is, that, I want to be obedient to what the voice is telling me to do, because, you see, I am the child of the one who is speaking to me. Yes, you see, he is speaking to me even now, as I am talking to you … he is telling me that I must ask you if you know Jesus. And, being his child, that is, I am obedient to what he tells me to do, because he would never ask me to do something that would cause me (or you, or anyone else) any harm.
You see, he loves me, and he loves you, and he loves the whole world. After all, he created us all! When he speaks to me, he doesn’t do it because he wants to cause me, or you, or anyone else, any harm (although sometimes I am afraid when he speaks to me like that, because — I have to admit (please forgive me) — there is a very small part of me that sometimes does not want to do what he tells me to do! That is what I call my ‘rebellious’ part, the part that ‘still doesn’t believe that God loves me to the full extent described in the Bible, which is the word of God’).’
‘Oh, I wish you knew what I knew! I’m not trying to make myself out to be better than you when I say that, but I sincerely wish you knew this same person who is speaking to me right now, who loves me and who loves you, as well. I wish you knew just how much he loved you, and how much he himself desires that you come to know him. When I say, ‘come to know him,’ I am not saying, ‘know about him.’ Rather, I am saying, ‘come to know him in a personal, intimate, manner’. You see, he is ‘just as living’ as you are, or I am. After all, does it not make sense that, if he created you and me, that he would be ‘just as living’ as you are, or I am? So, then, he loves you, and he wants you to come to be able to experience the full extent of his love. That love is so amazing, you can hardly imagine it! (I am not joking.)
Jesus — yes, Jesus — is his name. You may have heard it used before, in some not-so-nice manners. Imagine that! Now think with me for a moment, and tell me, who do you love? Do you love your mother? Imagine if someone used your mother’s name like some people use the name of Jesus. Would it not hurt you, and make you a little upset? But day after day, Jesus just keeps waiting for those who don’t yet believe in him, to fully come to put their faith in him. Now I don’t mean to be too ‘high-headed’ and ‘theologically-minded’ when I say this, but while Jesus was dying on that cross that he hung on some 2000 years ago, he prayed to his Father, saying, ‘Father, forgive them, for they know not what they are doing!’ Imagine a love like that! Have you ever heard of love like that? Wouldn’t that be the love that you were always looking for? (I am just guessing now that I have ‘hit upon something’ that might be of interest to you.)
If it interests you, please allow me to share with you the expanded version of the story. It goes something like this:
One day, Jesus Christ of Nazareth — God’s chosen messenger of truth — died on a cruel cross. When he was on that cross, he even prayed to his father God the following prayer: ‘Father, forgive them, for they know not what they are doing.’ Can you imagine anyone praying a prayer like that? For Jesus to have prayed a prayer like that could only mean that he was truly interested in the welfare and the good of the people — yes, even the very ones who had nailed him to that cross! To make a long story short, he didn’t only love those people when he was on that cross, the Bible says that he actually loved you and me, too, even before we were born! That is because he knew us, long before we were born. (Being God in the flesh, as the Bible makes clear, he is able to do that, that is, to know things that only God could possibly know.)
Did you know that Jesus knows you today, even as you read this message and consider what to do with your life? Did you know that the Bible says that God has a wonderful plan for your life? Yes, it’s true. It says of those that are willing to commit their lives to Christ, ‘For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.’ (Ephesians 2:10) That means that, for all those who have truly committed their lives to Jesus Christ (received him as Savior and Lord), that God has a special plan. In fact, according to this verse, God has ‘prepared beforehand’ the works which he has for you to do! Think about it. Never again do you need to feel bored with your life. Never again do you need to feel purposeless, or useless. No! God has a plan for you.
I am just wondering, how much do you desire to enter into that plan, and to receive it for your very own life? God will reward you abundantly if you will just turn to him, in true repentance and faith (that means turning away from the bad things that you are presently engaged in, and turning towards God, with a sincere, believing heart). Will you do that?