Standing in a room of a hundred plus people we began to sing:
“Higher than the mountains that I face
Stronger than the power of the grave
Constant in the trial and the change
One thing remains… One thing remains…
Your love never fails, never gives up, never runs out on me…”
Suddenly, it was just me and the Father in that room. He whispered: “My love is pure. My love is holy. My love is perfect.” My eyes were closed. Those three words lingered. Pure. Holy. Perfect.
Awe and confidence filled my heart as I sang the next words:
“In death, in life, I’m confident and covered by the power of your great love.
My debt is paid, there’s nothing that can separate my heart from your great love.”
That pure, holy, perfect love invites. It pursues. It draws. It never gives up. It never runs out. It waits for a response.
What kind of love does that? Calvary Love.
In awe that such love would reach down to humanity, once again I just had to surrender. In that place, in that moment of time, surrounded by his pure, holy, and perfect love, there was no room for pretences. No room for irritations. No room for fears. No room for dishonesty. No room for idolatry.
Calvary Love covered them all. Calvary Love etched with grace and mercy opened the door to forgiveness which brought joy, peace, and complete awe.
That pure, holy, perfect love waits for a response. What was my response going to be?
When Isaiah came face to face with God’s holiness in holy worship, it brought conviction to his heart (Isaiah 6). In the presence of a holy God, he realised he was a man of unclean lips and an unclean heart. He cries out to be cleansed.
Like David prayed, “Create in me a clean heart. Renew a loyal spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:10)
When the Father reveals himself to his children, transformation takes place. We can’t stay the same.
Isaiah was touched by God. His need was met. Immediately, he wanted to respond to the needs around him. He had received freely from Holy God and he wanted to give back freely.
“Freely you have received, freely give.” (Matthew 10:8)
Once again, the Father was calling me to Himself. Once again, He was gently reminding me that my life is not my own. Once again, I was humbled and realised that I am here to bring my Father glory. “You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honour God.” (1 Corinthians 6:19b-20)
So what is my response having been completely captivated by Calvary Love?
“Here I am, Father. I am yours.”
As we live captivated by this pure, holy, and perfect love, our thoughts will be different. Our words will be different. Our actions will be different.
May Calvary Love motivate you today.