Alone, rejected, forsaken, deserted, thrown away… no longer wanted… left to fend for ourselves… Friday night, during our all church worship and prayer time, I found myself seeing images of people in ramshackle rooms hiding behind doors, crouching under tables, wounded, bleeding, all alone. Isolating and insulating themselves from the outside behind physical and emotional barriers, they tried to patch their wounds. Frightened, their eyes hauntingly empty, they cowered in the shadows. I was overwhelmed. Then I looked more closely and there in each place I saw Jesus- loving arms open for each one just waiting for them to ask for His help.
I was impressed with this thought- I love them with abandon, will you love them with abandon? I have redeemed their abandonment and will you abandon yourself to being a conduit of my love? Those people who have been hurt so deeply that they can only respond with hurtful actions, out of the perceived need to protect themselves from “love” with strings attached. Those people who can do nothing for you. Those people who are perfectionists, dirty, addicted, cruel, manipulative, confused, organized, intimidating, twisted, blind, poor, rich, fancy, common, sick, powerful, work-aholics, lazy, strong, weak, beautiful, broken, unique, and all those in between. There are so many waiting. Some have called 9-1-1 and are waiting for the paramedics to find them- others are to afraid or weak to even call for help, but will you seek them out? Will you abandon your view of who you can love and let me love with abandon through you? Will you seek out the one who needs me? Will you let yourself die to the religious ideas of how I act, where I act, and what I do? Will you see my people as I see them? Will you love with abandon? Without limits, without restraint, all in, off the deep end…. jump with me into love.
If you are one who is in the depths of feeling abandoned- He has abandoned it all to save you.
In John 12:24-26, Jesus says, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.”
For those who have given your lives to Him, are you willing to plant yourself deeply in Him and commit to His purpose, and dying to your own self, to bear fruit of His love, so you can love with abandon?
John 13:34-35 “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
Jesus gave His life, because He loved you with abandon, can you do the same?
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