Comfort Found in Electing Love
“I have manifested your name to the people whom you gave me out of the world. Yours they were, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything that you have given me is from you. For I have given them the words that you gave me, and they have received them and have come to know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. I am praying for them. I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours. All mine are yours, and yours are mine, and I am glorified in them.”
These are the precious words from Scripture that we heard this morning, an incredible sermon about the Father’s electing love. It was a truth my soul so desperately needed to hear.
The past couple months I have been lonely, and maybe a little depressed or despondent. I’m not a lonely or despondent person. It is a new and uncomfortable feeling for me. I’m the outgoing extrovert who enjoys being around people and can always make a friend; have been my whole life. But this stage of life I’m in with my head down in homeschooling and ministry, at an age where I finally feel free to be who God made me to be but frequently feeling misunderstood, sometimes I look around and think that everyone is making connections and becoming best friends and no one wants to be mine.
I know these are lies, and I certainly don’t confess it as means of getting a pity party. I share because I know I am not the only one who goes through stages of feeling lonely or on the outside, and our Saviour has a beautiful response for us that sometimes we just need to be reminded of.
The truth is I know I am surrounded by dozens of beautiful, God-fearing women who would drop what they are doing to meet with me or pray for me in a heartbeat. The truth is I have an incredible husband who loves me and wants to spend time with me. The truth is I have the sweetest children who want to be with me constantly and are still at a stage where they randomly write me mommy-love-notes. However, the ULTIMATE truth is that even if every single one of those things were taken away, I would still not, in reality, be lonely because I have a Savior who loves me and calls me His. If you truly have NO ONE, but you are a Christian, you really have everything.
Hear those words again from Jesus to the Father, “All mine are yours, and yours are mine.” As his daughter, I am his. Not because of anything I did or am on my own, which is good news because that means that if there is nothing I can do to earn that love, there is nothing I have to do to keep it. But out of His mere good pleasure He chose me and I am forever His. Nothing can take away the love of the Father from me.
No power of hell, no scheme of man,
can ever pluck me from His hand. (1)
It is a powerful truth to know that the creator of the universe, the one who placed the stars in the sky and set the planets in motion, would think of me, this finite little speck on the timeline of humanity, enough to send His Son to live and die and rise for me, to call me his own, and to give me His Word as a reminder for all those times I start to retreat into myself and forget the truth of the gospel.
The electing love of the Father is a precious certainty. And for those whom He elects, it gives us security in an insecure world, it gives us peace in a warring world, and it gives us the truest love in a lonely world.
*For a transcript or audio of the sermon by Pastor Josh Bales on John 17:6-10, please visit our sermon page HERE.*
(1) In Christ Alone by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend