We went strawberry picking with our local MOPS group recently and boy did Harper enjoy it. I have to say, more strawberries made it into her mouth than into the bucket! As silly as it might sound, through this experience I saw such a clear picture of the Gospel.
We didn’t have some magical “burning bush” experience or anything, our time there was simple. We pulled up to a field filled with hundreds of dirty strawberries. We picked a bucket full of sandy but juicy red fruit. We took them home and washed them, sliced them and added them to a beautiful strawberry shortcake.
God is in the business of pulling us out of the dirt and making us into something beautiful. This is who He is. He cannot help but do this. He sees beauty, while we see filth. He sees purpose, when we feel meaningless. He has a plan for each one of us. A plan to take hold of our hearts and make us into something beautiful.
You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. John 15:16
For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. Ephesians 2:10
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 2 Corinthians 5:17
For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Corinthians 5:21
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
Without Jesus, we would be stuck there in the field, enjoying the sun and the breeze each day while remaining dirty and aimless throughout our lives. Jesus is the only one who gives us purpose and makes us new. Without Jesus life is not only pointless but it is filled with momentary joys and brief pleasures.
Jesus + Nothing = Everything
I know how this sounds. But in this moment, I am not concerned about sounding “close-minded” instead, I have a hope and a dream for your soul. A hope that you would come to know the redeemer of all things and the healer of all brokenness. A dream that you would be filled with His purpose, His joy and His unconditional love.
Nothing and I mean NOTHING ELSE in this world can offer these things; no money, career, drugs, family, sex, possessions, or adventures. The emptiness and longing for MORE will always remain, until God enters your heart and fills that God-shaped hole, that deep void to know and be known. Don’t you thirst desperately for lasting joy, for fulfillment, for satisfaction? We all do. We were made for Him, to be in a relationship with Him. Without Him we are incomplete.
Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. Revelation 3:20
He is knocking. Will you let Him in?