“I am not worthy”, “Who will love me”, “I have sinned against you”. Sinners feel worthless…how could they ever match up to the perfection of Jesus? They have lived a life of sin…how could that ever be washed away? Who could love them?
“Beloved”, “I have cleansed you of your sins”, “Go and sin no more”, “I have loved you with an everlasting love”, “I am coming back”. Jesus tells us we are made perfect in Him, He has washed our sins away, and that He loves us with a love that cannot become greater and cannot become less. It is an everlasting love.
Beaten, used, defiled…tears stream down her battered face as she wonders if there is more. What is love? What does trust and security feel like? Freedom? Healing?
She knows about this Jesus man…but so what? Scars line her body and her heart is wounded. Does she have any control? What Choice does she have?
It is as if Jesus is face to face with her, “I have pursued you, I have always loved you, you are precious to me, choose me and you will know trust and freedom. You will know one day an eternity of no pain”. “You will be used, but you will be used for a greater purpose, empowered by the Holy Spirit, and given the greatest task, that your wound be healed by the words of your testimony”.
Her hand reaches to her eyes as she wipes away her tears. Four words:
“Jesus, I choose you”.
In the Parable of the Prodigal son, the father is an example of Jesus. He ran to his son. Ran. When he reached him he kissed him. It was a loving embrace, a safe embrace, and a trusting embrace.
19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ 20 So he got up and went to his father. “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.
This Parable is one that many Christians know. However, it comes to life when women we have prayed for in Streams of the Desert come to know Jesus personally. Oyun-Erdene this past December, accepted Jesus as her Savior and Lord. Oyungerel was baptized this past March making a commitment to serve Jesus.
These women said the 4 words: “Jesus, I choose you”.
Lets Celebrate, give them an embrace of WELCOME HOME, because they are loved, valued, and redeemed. We love you Oyun-Erdene and Oyungerel, welcome to the family.