Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in the Scripture. (Romans 8:38-39, MSG)
My friend said, “It’s too late for me. I’ve done too many bad things. He won’t take me back now.”
Have you ever felt this way?
My friend was also a coaching client. He had let his business become a habit rather than a loving way to bring Christ to others.
He didn’t like the work he was once passionate about, because he didn’t like his life anymore.
He determined that God couldn’t bless his business because of his many past mistakes. For him, there was no way God could love him anymore.
After Jesus agonized for hours in the garden the night before he died, Judas, his betrayer, led a gang to have him arrested.
He went straight to Jesus and said, How are you, Rabbi? and kissed him.
Jesus said, Friend, why this charade? (Matthew 25:49-50, MSG).
Judas, one of Jesus’ inner-circle, sending him to his death. And after stealing from the money-box.
And yet Jesus called him friend.
Not betrayer. Or, thief.
Here is his traitor causing his horrific, bloody and painful execution, and Jesus calls him friend?
Because despite the stealing, the betrayal, and the impending pain, Jesus still loves Judas.
Kinda hard to wrap your head around, right?
And yet, Jesus said it.
God’s Word in Romans 8:39 is true.
Nothing will ever separate us from the love of God.
Is there something in your past that you just can’t put behind you even though you’ve confessed and repented?
Are you harder on yourself than the God who created the universe?
Has all of this caused you to lose your inspiration and passion at work like my friend?
God’s mercies are new every morning because his love for us is limitless.
Rejoice in God’s unconditional love for you. Set on fire your dedication to working in your Divine Design again.
Let God bless you with a love that will never let you go.
Yes, Jesus is your friend.
Regardless of where you’ve been, what you’ve done, or who you are.
Replace your doubts at work with faith.
Transform your despair at work into joy.
Invite Jesus’ love for you to manifest so much that you love God and others more in return.
Jesus calls you friend.
Mike Van Vranken
What is keeping you from hearing Jesus call you “friend” today at work?
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