A story is told of a young man who attended a crusade meeting hosted by a renowned televangelist. When the time came for an alter call, the young man heeded to the call. He got prayed for. The zeal of having God in his life exuberated him so much. Later that evening as he walked home, he got jumped by thugs. “Money or your life” they screamed at him. With the peace that surpasses any understanding he looked at them and said, “guys, I have no money on me and even this life I'm living ain't mine. I have just given it to Christ. I have nothing.”
They dragged her to Jesus, pointing accusatory fingers. “This woman” they referred to her, as though she didn’t have a name. They were carrying rocks ready to stone her to death because in their hearts and their minds they had already passed judgement.
Jesus filled with compassion stooped down to the woman’s level and extended His compassion towards her. In the end, it was just the two of them left. Have you given your life to Christ? Yes? Good. This article is for you because it doesn’t stop at giving your life to Christ. The Lord wants a relationship. A relationship is not a one-time event, it is a continuous process.
It is not enough to be Christian. Are you living right? Right with God and right with fellow human beings? Are you kind to your fellow human beings? Do you take time to think twice before you throw that stone at someone else? Do you have an authentic relationship founded on the truth of God’s word, founded in prayer and fellowship? A relationship nurtured in trust, love and kindness? Can God trust you to carry out His purposes for not only your life but in the lives of those He places in your circle as well?
Have you given your life to Christ? No? Good. Did you along the way backslide? Good. Good because this article is for you too. And it is not just an article, it is an alter call. The Lord is seeking you. God is not so high that He cannot come down to your level. He is the God who stooped down from heaven, hanged on an old wooden rugged cross at Calvary.
In merciful pursuit of mankind, He chased after us, defeated us in our rebellion and conquered us in our sin. The God who knows what living on earth is, the God who is acquainted with our grief, the Man of sorrows and the Son of suffering. The God who leaves the ninety-nine and pursues after the one. The prodigal father, the God who goes to the messy places looking for you. Today if you are willing, the Lord is standing at your door knocking. You are not so messed up that He cannot stoop down to your level and extend His mercies towards you.
When everyone else is ready to cast a rock at you in condemnation, when everyone else is ready to give up on you, when everyone else is hating on you ready to throw a rock at you in judgment, the Lord looks at you with compassion.
Child of God; Behold The God Who Stoops.