You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous – how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
If we’re honest with ourselves, we know that we’ve made mistakes and, if Jesus is the standard, we fall way short. This is the reality of our condition.
The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.
This is sobering. Since a wage is something we earn, then death is what we deserve. However, because of God’s great love for us, He offers a gift (those are free of charge) that we don’t deserve-eternal life.
It’s no wonder that God created us, in light of the complexity of our bodies, minds, and souls. The hand of God is evident in every part of our beings. We are a child of His, made by Him, and for His pleasure.
It’s in the light of the cross that we understand who we’ve become… that we’ve messed up God’s perfect plan and yet are still objects of His unconditional love. His love toward us is what compels Him to reveal Himself to us, love us, interact with us, and ultimately make a way for us to restore relationship with Him.
For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.
God demonstrated His love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
2 Peter 3:9
God is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
Wow, if ever the heart of a father was clearly pronounced it’s done so through what God has done for us through Jesus. God is a loving, yet just, Father who has gone to the limit to show us who we are and who He is. He loves us so much, that in spite of the decisions we’ve made to turn our backs on Him, He demonstrates the ultimate example of unconditional love.
Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.”
“Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”
Around Venture, we’re committed to helping you take your next steps in your relationship with God by Loving God, Loving People, and Serving Others.
It all starts with loving God. As our relationship with God grows, it changes our heart toward others and we’re compelled to start meaningful conversations. Then loving people… as we care for others, we realize that our greatest need is our spiritual need, so we’re intentional about sharing the hope found in Jesus with others. Then, serving others. We believe that the highest mark of spiritual maturity is when we freely give ourselves away for God and others. We’re committed to partnering with God in what He’s doing in Bozeman.