We were made to be fully known and fully loved with no fear of rejection. We were made to walk with a loving Father, not serve a distant God.
We were made to be fully known, fully loved, with no fear of rejection—to walk with a loving Father, not serve a distant God.
God is good, Jesus has forgiven me, I am loved, and everything is possible. These are the most important truths in the universe and we want everyone to believe them. But why do they matter?
These truths come from what we call the 3 Circles, and these 3 Circles are the revelation that God has given us in the gospel.
And maybe you’ve heard the word gospel, and you believe that it’s a ticket to go to heaven someday. But the gospel means good news! And the good news is that the gospel is the life and victory of Jesus and it isn’t just so you and I can get to heaven someday, it’s so we can live an abundant, & free life today, a life defined by hope!
It all starts with Circle 1, receiving his grace and having a new Identity in Jesus. But once we know who we are in Jesus we get to move into circle 2.
And Circle 2 is all about relationships. In Circle 2 we get to Experience His Presence. Because of Adam’s sin all the way back in the garden with Eve, he not only wrecked our identity, he also separated us from relationship with God. But, because Jesus has taken care of our sin through grace, there is no longer any separation between us and God. We are now Beloved sons and daughters. (Ephesians 3:12) says, “Because of Christ and our faith in Him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence.” See We were made to be fully known and fully loved, with no fear of rejection—to walk with a loving Father, not to serve a distant God.
Do you ever think, if God really knew me, then He wouldn’t love me? The truth is, God does know you, and He does love you! Psalm 16:11 captures this when it says, “in his presence we will experience fullness of joy”.
Think about this – in Jesus you are fully known – God knows everything about you. But You are both fully known and fully loved. In fact Jesus is the one who knows you the best and loves you the most! And Because of what Jesus has done, you can come boldly into God’s presence – you no longer need to be ashamed and you don’t have to be afraid.
Have you ever felt far from God? Maybe you see God as distant, angry, out to get you, a taskmaster waiting for you to mess up. These perceptions can be developed as a result of life’s experiences or your relationship with your earthly father. The truth is that God is a loving, good Father. Out of the many names He has, God desires most, the name of Father. And the truth is, He’s never far from you. The truth is God will never leave you. The truth is God will never forsake you. (Hebrews 13:5) The truth is, you’re as close to God as you want to be because He has already chosen to come near to you. He’s right here, He’s not somewhere far off making you go find Him. No matter what you’ve done, no matter where you’ve been, there’s no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Because of what Jesus has done, because you are a beloved son/daughter, you’re always welcomed home. In Jesus, God is not mad at you!
Religion says, “I messed up I need to hide from God” but relationship says, “I messed up, I need to run to my father”. Jesus came to destroy every barrier between you and God, to reconcile your relationship with God, and now you can freely experience His presence.
We think our relationship with God is about us pursuing Him. The truth is it’s always been about God pursuing us. Think about Adam. The first thing Adam did after he sinned was to run and hide from God. He was naked, he was ashamed, and he was afraid. But what did God do? He played the first game of Hide and Seek by calling out to Adam, “Where are you?” And humans have been playing this game of Hide and Seek with God ever since. Moses was hiding, David was hiding, Peter was hiding in his fishing boat. Can I ask you a question? Where have you been hiding? Because Right now, God is calling you by name. Right now, He’s saying where are you? Come out, come out, wherever you are.” And why can you come out? Because of what Jesus has done.
Jesus made the way for us to enter the Father’s presence, but our belief determines the quality of that relationship. Jesus Obedience determines our Identity, but our obedience determines our intimacy with God. John 6:29 says “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.” Hebrews 4:16 says “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence.” Because we are His kids – His beloved sons and daughters – we have constant access to Him.
Have you ever seen a movie where two people who haven’t seen each other in a long time reunite? When they make eye contact, the music begins to play and in slow motion they drop whatever they are holding and begin to sprint toward one another until they finally embrace? Right?? You know what I’m talkin about.. the thing is God is always watching for you to make eye contact with him and he runs to us because he wants to be with us
God wants us to experience Him in our home, on our teams, in our classroom, in every part of our lives. “Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.” (Galatians 5:25) He wants us to sense His presence when we are with our family, and with our friends. His presence is always available which means hope is always accessible – there is always hope for you as you carry hope to others!
Or think about any great relationships you have with people in your life. You spend time together, talk with each other, share the good/bad together, you do the things they like to do, and you are always learning about each other.
What is true for our relationships with the people in our lives is true for our relationship with Jesus. These are the very same qualities that will ensure we have a growing, intimate, loving relationship with Jesus. One that is always leading us to live free. A relationship that becomes the source of HOPE in our lives.
With our identity restored in Jesus and our relationship reconciled with God, we now know who we are, and who God is. So let’s Keep receiving his grace, and experiencing his presence as we now move into Circle 3 to live the abundant life that Jesus came to give us. Go check out the next video as we continue our discussion in circle 3.