God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
—Romans 5:8 (NIV)
I am God’s passion. Jesus gave His highest for me. There is nothing more He could have given. His passionate love bought me freedom from sin, sickness, and conveyed to me the gift of His righteousness. He held nothing back from me. His fervent Grace was costly. It cost Him everything, and even though His Grace cost me nothing, it cries out to love as He first loved me.
Have I allowed His Grace to change my perspective from the old person I once was? Have I allowed my failures, problems, and even memory of sins that were crucified with Christ to hold me back? When I believe in my heart that His passionate Grace is completely mine, I am overwhelmed with His love. The old me is gone. I am free to love as He first loved me. There is nothing I would ever deny Him. His passionate love flows without hesitation.
In 1 Kings 19:21, Elisha, having been chosen by Elijah, walks away from all he has had. He destroys what is left in his life that might draw him back from his call. He accepts the cloak and purpose of His Master without hesitation. Jesus calls me to let go of the bondage of the past that once defined me. He calls me to let go of what has kept me from understanding the righteousness He has given me—to believe by faith in the miracle of His life for mine. With that surrender, I receive the revelation of who He is within me. I am fueled by His passionate Grace. On the Cross, He declared that I was His ultimate passion. When I believe who He is in me, He is my ultimate passion. I walk away from all I have believed myself to be. I accept who Jesus says I am.
Do you believe what His passion has given you? Abandon who you have believed yourself to be. Believe who He says you are in His Grace. Just as Elisha accepted Elijah’s cloak, accept Christ’s identity as your own. Hold nothing back. Surrendering is only costly when you do not believe the cost of what He has given you. When you believe the Truth that you are NEW and COMPLETE in His Grace, you flow in His power. You hold nothing back. With your surrender comes the greatest fulfillment—the belief that your loving Father is absolutely real within you.
While you were yet a sinner, Christ gave His life for you. You are now NEW in His love because He held nothing back. You hold nothing back when you grasp the depth of His passion for you. Your whole perspective changes. You BELIEVE that He first loved you. Your love for Him just overflows. It cannot be contained. His unconditional love in you fuels your passion to love as He first loved you.
© 2021 Lynn Lacher