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Friday, March 6, 2015

God Won't Reject You

Romans 8:37-39 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

During the Korean war, there was a 19-year-old American guy who joined the army and he went to  fight in the Korean War. While he’s there he meets a girl, dates her for awhile, gets her pregnant, and then leaves to go home at the end of his tour.  He is never to be heard from again. Meanwhile the young Korean girl is faced with a huge burden to bear. Dating American soldiers was taboo in itself, but now she is pregnant. When the baby – a girl – is born she has lighter skin and light wavy hair and she stands out easily. Her family kicks her out of the house. Villagers reject her with curses and insults everywhere she goes. People literally spat on the mom and the little girl. Terrible, terrible! When the child was aged 7, the mother still couldn't cope with the rejection and insults. She abandoned the little girl in the street. So this little girl is trying to survive on the streets at seven years old. Her clothes quickly become like rags, she’s eating any rubbish she can find. All she has ever known is rejection. They had a word for her in the Korean language she was called it again and again. She thought it was her name for awhile. It’s one of the worst words in the Korean language. It means “ugly alien devil”. That’s who she thought she was. All she knew was rejection. Finally she found her way to an overcrowded and dirty orphanage. One day there was some excitement around the orphanage. The rumor was that there was an American couple coming. They wanted to adopt a little baby boy. All the little boys in the orphanage got all excited, made themselves presentable, and lined up in a row. This American couple comes in radiated love. It was so obvious that they loved kids.  Knowing there was no way they were going to choose her. She stood off in a corner. She had no hope, or future. But then something happened. Out of the corner of his eye the man saw the little girl standing off to the side. He walks over to her and does something that she’d never experienced before. He reached out to her and took her face in his hands and said, “This is the child I want. This is the child I choose. This is the one we came for.” Picture this moment. She’s sitting there. She’s filthy, dressed in rags. By her own account, she has lice in her hair, boils on her skin, her teeth were rotten. It didn't matter to this guy. He looked at her and said, “You're precious to me. I accept you just as you are. My love for you is right now. I don't care about the other stuff. I accept you just as you are.”

This is a true story. But what is even better, is that this is exactly how God treats us. God looks down on us and He sees the things we’re not happy about. He sees the shame and the guilt and the sin that’s upon us. He sees right through us and knows our secrets. But it doesn't matter. He loves you right now, just as you are.  Not only does God love you just the way you are, God loves you TOO MUCH to leave you that way.