Born Ordinary, Called to be Extraordinary

Nothing will be able to Separate us from the Love of God.

The Cross represents the extreme love of God towards the people He knows, and that is not something we can fully comprehend with our humanity. But God wants to show this love to us through our life, and in ways beyond our imagination at times. This love is clearest in paradoxical situations, and revealed most clearly when we go through danger or when in extreme helplessness. Perhaps, up till now, we could be attempting to understand God’s love in certain aspect – in way that is compatible with our desire. We dislike the sense of helplessness, the accused feeling, being placed in uncertainty, or we are most afraid to be suppressed by forces that are beyond our strength, to the extent of unable to control our own hearts, minds and conditions. Therefore, when we are in those circumstances, we easily feel “abandoned”, our “pain” will stop us from resonating correctly with our relationship with God. Generally, our main response is blaming ourselves for the mistakes committed, and enter into a cycle of helpless questioning of “why”, or resigned to fate in helplessness. But, the love of Cross does not reduce because of our ugliness or weak response, in contrary, it’s precisely at moment like this that the infinite love of God is revealing to us even more earnestly. We may allow ourselves to sink in the sense of giving up, but it is at this moment that the overwhelming love of God is shown perfectly. Firstly, we ought to ask ourselves genuinely: do we believe in this paradoxical love? It is love not only when we can sense it, instead, it is when we are totally unable to feel it that this love is revealed perfectly. Besides, are we willing to experience and seek this love? Actually, how can we merely be satisfied with love that is in sync with our own desire throughout our lives? Thus, the ending of is to bring us to the definition of the most sacred love. When we are in the most depraved state <Ro 1-3>, and having experienced grace that transcends human’s imagination <4-6>, entered into the glorious faith in Christ led by the Holy Spirit < Ro 7-8>, our faith should have gone through strict introspection and have experienced much. We cannot remain at “love is when we sense it, love is when it is in sync with what I want”. Certainly, God desires us to feel it, but it doesn’t mean that He will not reveal the deeper love. How then can we experience the great love that surpasses what our humanity can feel? In suffering, we can have a lot of questions or even doubt God much, but God also counter-questions us simultaneously. God’s love question us through the foundation of Cross. In the ending of , there’re 5 questions: ‘Is the love of Cross not worth more than these? Is the Cross insufficient in making us more than conquerors in all things? What we cannot see or feel now, does it mean that we will never see the better ending? Is  next second not in the sovereign hand of God? Our faith needs to go through such questioning repeatedly, so that we are led into the state of faith that “deeply believes in the truth”. A faith that builds temple is one that deeply believes in the truth, and our spirit is rooted strongly on the foundation of God’s promise. From then on, Holy Spirit will anoint us infinitely so that through the love of God, we can be more than conquerors in all hardships.

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