This post was written by Luke Warkenthien, an August student from Watertown, SD. Luke’s practical training (PT) in the afternoon is in the BCOM video department. His gift for video enables him to be a great help in making BCOM videos.
We are created by God and for God. Through Him, we have our meaning and we remain alive because of Him. We own Him everything. He doesn’t own us anything. What happens when we (finite, sin-loving, hard-hearted people) are impacted by Him (infinite, completely holy, perfectly-loving God)? Saul was not moving towards His Savior but rather completely away. Jesus met him on the road to Damascus, and the Apostle Paul helped turn the world upside down. Gideon was a fearful young man hiding in a wine press. God called him a mighty man of valor, and Gideon led a band of 300 men to defeat an army of 135,000. What if we grasp how much He really loves us? How will we be changed? Psalm 139:17-18 says, “How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would be more in number that the sand; when I awake, I am still with You.” Do we understand that? That verse means God is thinking precious thoughts towards you more than 3 billion times per second! He doesn’t owe us anything, and yet, He’s simply ravished by one feeble glance from our eyes. Jesus did not come to conquer the world with the sword or with political might. He conquered the world with love; radical, passionate, revolutionary love. Understanding the imperishable love of a holy and perfect God creates in us a burning desire to love Him back with a pure, undivided devotion. God does not see us as we are or even who we were. He sees us as who He’s making us to be.