How they had been chosen last for much of their lives
How they were hardly ever recognized for the hard work they did
How they were passed over for other people so many times
I especially saw the memories of these happenings during childhood and into the teen years, and it felt as though it was still happening even as they became adults and had their own jobs and families and adult friends.
They still felt as though they were not being recognized.
The Lord then reminded us that He was in that same situation His entire lifetime:
There was no manner of comeliness to Him that any would want to look upon Him (Isaiah 53:2)
He wants us to realize that He lived in our very shoes, and experienced this same thing of being passed over and not recognized.
His word to us is:
"Recognize Me, just as you wish to be recognized."
Imagine that He is us, the one who is constantly passed over and not appreciated. How would you like to be treated? So treat Him in that way. Recognize Him. Choose Him. Don't pass Him over for the other people around Him. Pick Him first.
Go to Him just as you wish people had gone to you. Don't be afraid to let others know you have done so!
In so doing He promises to recognize you in return (Matthew 10:32-33). It will be a far greater thing than if the people of your life had recognized you. For when He recognizes you, you are being watched and noticed by God Himself. Your life's goal has been met.
In this you and Jesus change places, back and forth. The unrecognized becomes the Recognized: He in you, you in Him.
So heed His words, and recognize Him. Acknowledge Him and the hard work He has done. Choose Him before all others, and He will do the same toward you!
As you read this site, you will hopefully come to know Yahweh more fully.
But all of this continuing knowledge is useless unless and until you come into union with Him. I use the word union because it is truly a marriage. It is that deep connection we all seek, for which we most often look in other people. However, the truth is that our hearts will only be fulfilled when we enter that union in fullness with the One Who made us.
This is the grace of God, that He has not stayed distant for us only to worship as Creator. But He has come unto us, even become one of us—in His Son, ChristJesus—in order to share an intimate union with us. He desires such closeness that it truly will envelope our entire life, transforming us into something new and wonderful.
You may have already entered this union with Him and only seek to know Him better through reading here. But if you have not, as you do read, let this Gospel sink into your heart as you read it now.
God loves you, and has cast your sins into the sea. He has sent His only Son as the Savior of the world—that includes you.
That Son, JesusChrist, was born as a man through a virgin who had given her life to Yahweh; He lived without sin, reflected the glory of His Father, God, in all His words and deeds, and was persecuted even unto death because of it.
His death upon a cross was the powerful explosion that separated you from your life of death. It remains for you, now, to enter into that death with Him. As you die to the one you are now, a person separated from God from your many sins, you will be born anew, with a nature predisposed to live rightly. This gift is free to you, with nothing you can do to earn it. It is the mercy of God to offer it to you, as He loves you so much! All you must do is receive it by trusting Him to have delivered you. Simply place your life in His hands and embrace the freedom that came through that death on the cross.
The Gospel is that Jesus did not remain dead, but rose again on the third day after His crucifixion! Death could not hold Him, as He was without sin. And so death will not be able to hold you, as you identify with Him fully through your trust in Him. Let go of yourself and confess Him as Lord of your life. The power of His death and resurrection will work in you all that your Creator has destined for you. You will truly enter a new life and experience that intimate union you have been seeking all of your life.
So ponder these words as you read here of this great God—Yahweh—and all that He has revealed to His creation. Let His Spirit testify to your heart that these words are true, that God is Love, and that He sent His Son so that you might receive the life that is unbound by time and space. As you feel that witness in your heart, simply believe and receive what He is offering to you, even now, and begin your new life as a child of God.
Please write to me and let me know when you take this step, as I will be your brother in Christ—we will be one in Him!
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13This is the end of the matter. All has been heard. Fear God, and keep his commandments; for this is the whole duty of man. 14For God will bring every work into judgment, with every hidden thing, whether it is good, or whether it is evil. (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14)