God does not need my faithfulness to be faithful to me. He does not need any part of me to be who He is but I like to trick myself into thinking that He needs me. I think that if I do not get my act together God will stop being faithful. I forget that He is faithful despite who I am, not because of who I am.
I run around in a frenzy, thinking that I am in control of God choosing to be faithful to me. I was stopped cold in my tracks this week when I was graciously reminded that I am not the one in control over here.
Jesus says in John 10:29, “My Father, who has given them [my sheep] to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand (NIV).”
Oh, Love that will not let me go!
Jesus is talking about us. We are His sheep, gifted to Him by God. We were given to Jesus, and not in a roll my eyes “do I have to?” way, but in a precious gift type of way. Jesus delights in His sheep so much that He vows that we will not be snatched out of His hands. Nothing is going to take us away from God and this is not because of who we are but because we are the most precious gift that could possibly be given to Him by His Father.
We have God’s faithful, dependable, protection and nothing is going to take this from us because nothing can take us from God. These things are ours because God loves us, not because we do things right or because we are faithful to Him. We do not have to fear being snatched from safety because we are not adding up or being annoying to Him.
It’s crazy, by putting our faith in Jesus and believing He is who He says He is, we don’t have to fear being left behind! All Jesus wants is to have the hearts of and to fully know his sheep.
It’s a comfort to know that we will never fall away from the faithful love of God because of what we do. No part of me can control the reckless, pursuant love of my Savior.