(Originally written April 6th, 2014)
Toby here. I heard this recently and I can't remember where: "whosoever means whosoever...". It may have been a song or a guy on the radio. I'm just not sure. Either way, it struck me as so powerful and a simple but big revelation of the heart of our Heavenly Father. He doesn't play favorites.
We live in a day and age where everything is about being #1. It's all about performing. There's Most Valuable Players, there's All Star teams. Those who don't measure up get cut from the team. Even parents struggle with having favorite children. As a new father, I pray that however many children God so graciously gives me, I'll be able to let each of them know that I don't have favorites, but that each one of them will have a piece of my heart. We even see in Scripture parents that had favorites and the jealously it created. Jacob had Joseph as his favorite, and while Joseph's brothers obviously had issues that culminated into selling Joseph into slavery, Jacob's exclusive doting on Joseph didn't help matters.
One of the things we as God's children struggle with, MYSELF INCLUDED, is boxing God and His great love up into a package that will fit into our small mortal minds. We all want to be God's favorite, do we not? I do! So do you. We all want to be God's favorite and some times I think that leads us into thinking that our walk, our ministry, our destiny, our children, our way of doing things, our family, our congregation, or what have you, is the apple of God's eye, and it may well be. However, the truth is guys, God's eye is very big, and His heart is very big. I'm not trying to be funny, but what I am saying on a more serious note is that God's love is very perfect. We are all His favorite. Hard to imagine right? It's not very natural. It's sounds more SUPERnatural. Well isn't that God though?
Just today I heard my son's heartbeat and my first thought was that I was just so proud of him, and all he was doing was laying there in his mother's womb. One of the things that fatherhood, even in its earliest stages, has helped me do, is have peace in God's constant and incessant love and favor over me. I want to serve God and do things in His Name because I love Him, but at the same time, while we are serving, we have to be able to rest in the completed work of Yeshua. Our Father's love for me and for my son, for my wife, for YOU, for ALL HIS PEOPLE, is so great, so big, and so limitless, and has already been proven. My love has limits, as does yours. Most people on this earth, I don't know from a hole in the ground, but God's love has no boundaries, and it's found everywhere.
Whosoever means whosoever. God wants the world (John 3:16). He wants us all to put faith in His Son, be covered by His righteousness, and enter into His great family. Think of a raging river. It has no prejudice. Whoever dives in, man or woman, adult or child, young or old, black or white, Jew or Non-Jew, is going to get soaking wet and get swept away. God's love is the same. Whosoever lets go, surrenders, and dives in, will get soaked with it and get swept away, NOT turned away. SWEPT away.
Grace and shalom...