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Time with God - February 7

Friday, 7 February 2020

John 13:1

"Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end."

I should be totally committed to God because he is totally committed to me!

Romans 8:32 says, "He who did not spare his own Son, but delivered him over for us all, how will he not also with him freely give us all things?" Sometimes we think that total commitment is for those few people who rise above the crowd and become missionaries. We think of it as an optional extra for extreme Christians. But actually, it isn't just an option for me to choose; it is what I owe to the one who laid down his life for me.

Jesus didn't just say to us, "I like you and I hope you like me back". Before we ever showed any interest in him, when there was nothing in us that was seeking for God, Jesus became a man, was ridiculed and rejected, savagely hurt and killed. He laid his life down for us, and he wants us to love him back with that same kind of commitment.

Jesus is not asking you to do what he has not done. He wants your commitment to be your personal response to him, the one who is totally committed to you. Who loved you "to the end."

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