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Here I Am

When the Lord calls us to obedience, what’s our attitude? Our inclination may be to hide, or at least shrink back, but that’s not what God has for us (Heb. 10:39). Here’s a radical response: “Here I am.”  

Abraham didn’t know what God would ask of him but was willing. “After these things, God tested Abraham and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am” (Gen. 22:1). “Here I am” was also his response when (mercifully) the angel of the LORD called off the son-sacrifice (Gen. 22:11). Jacob says, “Here I am” when God shows him protection and provision despite Laban’s treatment (Gen. 31:11) and later in life, when God tells him to head to Egypt with his family (Gen. 46:2).  

When Moses hears God call to him from the burning bush, he says “Here I am.” (Ex. 3:4) It’s also Samuel’s response, each of the three times when the Lord calls him (1 Sam. 3:5,6,8). When God asks Isaiah “who will go for us,” Isaiah responds, “Here I am, send me” (Isa. 6:8). And it’s a New Testament response, too. “Now there was a disciple at Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” And he said, “Here I am, Lord” (Acts 9:10).  

And if we feel a bit inadequate with our timid “Here I am,” we need to know there’s nothing insignificant about our “Here I am” responding to the Great I Am.  

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God So Loved

One of the most popular and best-loved Bible verses is John 3:16. It warrants a closer look: 

“For God so loved” - It all starts with God’s action, His power. God, who IS love (1 John 4:16) was motivated by love. His extreme love did something … extreme.  

“the world” - Who did He love? We would be hard-pressed to find any language more inclusive. The world. Everyone. 

“that He gave His only Son” – This is the giving of God Himself! God, the Giver of all good gifts (James 1:17), gave His one and only son, the best He could give: “This is my son, whom I love. With Him, I am well-pleased.” (Matt 3:17, 17:5) 

“that whoever” - Once again, incredibly inclusive language. Whoever. Open to all. 

“believes in Him” - What is the work of faith? Jesus said, "The work of God is this: to believe in the One he has sent." (John 6:29). The object of our belief is so important. It’s Christ alone.  

“should not perish, but have eternal life.” - What’s the result of this belief? A forever, abundant (John 10:10), spectacular life.  

“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him” (John 3:17). And it was all set in motion with a simple, profound fact: God so loved. 

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