I remember when I first met my husband. We would spend hours talking, asking each other questions, and listening to each other. We gave each other delighted attention. The Lord wants a relationship with us, and He wants us to give Him delighted attention. To marvel at His power and glory, to talk with Him, to listen to Him, to read the Scripture to learn more about Him. The Bible is His revelation to us about Him — His character, His power and authority, and His great love for us. “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
Not only does He love us, He also chose us. If you are a Christian, you didn’t just happen upon the knowledge of Jesus Christ, you received an engraved invitation! “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.” (John 15:16)
The Lord is not working to make us happy, but to fulfill His purpose. Those who are “called” (invited) are those the Holy Spirit convinces and enables to receive Christ. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those He predestined, He also called; those He called, He also justified; those He justified, He also glorified.” (Romans 8:28-30)
We are predestined to be conformed to the image of Jesus Christ. “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” (Colossians 3:12) When we “put on Jesus”, we are aligning ourselves with the Lord’s purpose. We become His willing vessels to “go and bear fruit—fruit that will last”.