As I was wrapping my head around a verse, this illustration came out…
Chance is a young child. He has a very loving family and a great Dad who has been there in every way. He has a big brother, who is exactly like his Dad, and would literally take a bullet for him. He loves him so much. They have a beautiful home, pets and a beautiful garden out front.
One day, as he’s playing in the garden, a stranger comes into the yard who entices Chance with a puppy to follow him. He falls for it and is taken to a far away country, both physically and mentally. Chance’s mind continues being filled with deceit, as he is taken from place to place. He forgets nearly everything about who he is, the early years of his life, and his family. Now, 10 years later, his thoughts are only on what he knows and sees today.
However his Family is on the trail, but every time they get close, Chance is moved to another place. One day his Brother gets the perfect opportunity, finds and confronts Chance. He tells Chance the truth about his Dad and himself. Chance believes, but still doesn’t really know him. As his brother is sharing this truth he is spotted by Chance’s captors. Chance’s rescuer, is taken, beaten severely to death and thrown out into a field nearby. A few days pass and, alive, he makes a return to Chance’s room window and says to him, “hurry, come follow me”. Chance can’t believe it, his mind strays away – he cannot even comprehend. He looks back towards his bedroom door. “Forget all of that, follow me”, says the brother. And so he decides to trust him and follow him out of that dark room.
They arrive at a small air strip. “I don’t have any money”, says Chance. To the brother’s response, “I have your ticket”. He reaches out to give it to him. Chance receives the ticket. They have a long journey ahead of them, with possible turbulence along the way. Chance is also still wrestling with all that he’s experienced, all he has done, all that has been done to him, and the person he believes he now is. Now in the air, his brother opens up an old family album and begins to share, “this is your Dad, this is your family, this is me, this is you, this is who you are”. They flip through all the pages. Then the Brother looks intently on him, “You don’t have to live in that dark room anymore. Look into my eyes, I am giving you the right to become who you really are, your Father’s child. The person you were always meant to be before the fall. You must believe in me”. And so the journey began.
Now this is just an illustration, but one that was inspired by a true story – our story. The story you and I are currently living in. What chapter are you in?
12 But to all who did receive him [Jesus], who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
If you have yet to believe and receive Jesus, know it is God’s will for you to do so, it’s his will for you to become a child of your Heavenly Father. Don’t let your mind stray. Will you believe and receive the grace offered to you by his one and only Son Jesus, who paid the ultimate price to bring you the truth?
If so, will you allow him to help you become who you were always meant to be, as you’re on this journey back home? No matter what the captors may tell you about him, he is a good good Father, with amazing grace offered through believing and receiving Jesus into your life, his hand is outstretched in this moment. So you may become who you were always meant to be.
For you have believed and received, yet still remain concerned about your salvation – that it is like Chance rocking back and forth on his seat in the plane thinking, “am I really saved?” Know you have already been saved, Jesus loves you, your Heavenly Father loves you, and it’s time to become because you already are.