“Did you ever get fed up?” I said. “I mean did you ever get scared that everything was going to go lousy unless you did something?” — J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye
It was the second time my friend had been laid off from his job. The first time it had taken the entirety of his severance to find employment. When his wife found out about the second layoff, she couldn’t handle it. The day after he lost his job, he was served with divorce papers. While processing the loss of commitment in his life, he said, “I’m either too much or not enough. But either way, people are fed up.”
At what point has God had enough? Can we ever frustrate Him so badly that He throws His hands in the air because He’s fed up? He often watches us struggle with the same sin or the same addiction. Is there a point where He’ll file divorce papers toward our salvation?
His patience is long enduring; His love is everlasting. Because we have no earthly example of this type of love, we must discover the depth of God’s commitment toward His children from Scripture.
Because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them. (Hebrews 7:24-25)
Those of us in Christ are completely and permanently saved. There are no cancellations of salvation. It’s a union without dissolution.
So if you’ve ever wondered whether Jesus forgives your type of sin, the answer is yes. Completely. He is able to save completely those who come to God through Him. And the good news is, there is nothing else for you to do. You show up in Christ, and He has done the rest.
God’s commitment to those of us in Christ will never run out of gas. He will never grow tired. He won’t change His mind about you because He won’t change His mind about Jesus—and you are in Christ.
Jesus, the permanence of Your love is like a foreign language to me. Teach it to me. May I be so familiar and so comfortable in Your unending commitment that resting in Your promise of salvation becomes as effortless as breathing. Amen.
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