That’s A Wrap!
All month, we have talked about the topic of seduction and let me tell you…wow! I have learned a lot and have been very challenged and at times, convicted. As we wrap up the month of June and our discussion on seduction, let’s take a second to review.
Seduction is the act of making us feel wanted. Whether it comes in the form of a relationship partner, a skimpy dress or behaving as someone we are not, seduction draws us in with it’s claws by appealing to our desire to be wanted.
While seduction can often be a tool of Satan’s to try to get us to stumble, anti seduction can be thrown in our paths too. What is anti seduction? The act of making us feel unwanted. As Christians, we are tempted to be seduced by worldly things and at the same time anti seduced to feel unwanted by Godly things. We discussed how anti seduction can take place in the church and in marriage.
Think back in your life to times when you were wanted. Why were you wanted? Was it for a pure reason with character or was it for a self serving reason?
In the course of my life, I have only ever dated four guys . However, I have enough guy stories to keep you hooting with laughter for hours! I remember one situation that did not involve the guy….but rather his mother! She called me at my store one day with the pretense of placing an order and then proceeded to question or more like grill me about myself. I thought it was odd, but she was my customer, so I rolled with it. I knew several of this lady’s co workers, so I talked freely to her. Once she was through with her questions and seemed satisfied with my answers, she started trying to sell her son! I listened politely while she sang his praises and told me just how important and wonderful he was. THEN….the real story came out. This mom said that because her son was one of a kind, she expected him to have an equally unique girl in his life and after checking around, she had decided that I was the right girl for him. Not because of who I was, but because I came from a good background and had good breeding….GOOD BREEDING!
What? I had to bite my tongue as I really wanted to tell her that I did not come from Texan cattle ranch or a horse breeding outfit. I was not “good stock”! I was a person! How bold it was to just come straight out and say that I was only good enough for her son because of the lives that my parents and grandparents had established for themselves. Needless to say, that union never came together!
He Knows and Still Chooses
While that mom may have had good yet misled intentions, Jesus has no ulterior motives. He does not want us because of who we are, what we can do, what our last name is, how much Biblical wisdom we have or anything else. He wants us because we are His loves. We are His reason for living, and dying and living again.
I have said this a gillion times this week, but it rings so true with our topic.
Jesus knows every little thing about me and chooses to use me anyway.
He chooses you and me! Jesus wants you and me! We do not have to to run to the things of this world that call our name with cheap imitations of want. We are fully and consistently wanted by the one who only wants the best for us and will never break our heart.
“But,” you say, “How could Jesus want me? I have done so many things against Him.”
Let’s look at a few examples of people in the Bible who Jesus wanted and used despite their past.
Sarai- You may know her better as Sarah. In Genesus 16, Sarai gave her maid to Abram to conceive a child. While this is unthinkable to us, it was a common practice in those days. However, there was a problem after the maid, Hagar discovered that she was pregnant. Starting in verse 5, Hagar began to despise Sarai. In response to Hagar’s behavior, Sarai began to treat Hagar badly. Verse 6 says that she dealt so harshly with Hagar that Hagar ran away. How could anyone mistreat an expectant mother in such an unthinkable way? Sarai was way out of line. Yet, Jesus is the author of forgiveness and not even Sarai’s poor behavior was going to disrupt His amazing plan for her life in making her the mother of the nation of Israel.
Judah- One of the twelve sons of Jacob, this man teamed up with his brothers to sell their father’s favorite son into slavery. He then lived a lie in front of his father for many years while watching his father grieve himself into misery. How could any do such an awful thing to their aging parent? However, all was set right in the end and one of the twelve tribes of Isreal went on to bear Judah’s name. Genesis 49:8-12 tells of how Judah and his descendants would be like a lion. Revelation 5:5 also refers to the Lion of Judah. Not even the hateful acts of selling his young brother or breaking his fathers heart was enough for Jesu to it want Judah. He had life altering plans for Judah and his future generations.
Rahab- This woman was a prostitute. She did what she had to do in order to get what she wanted. Even though she lived a very ungodly life, she had heard the stories of the Israelite’s God and believed them. When she took two Israelite spies into her house and hid them from the king who would have probably had them put to death, Rahab struck a deal with them. Because she had helped to spare their lives, she wanted them to promise to spare the lives of her and her family when they came back with their army to destroy the city. The spies agreed, Rahab and her family were spared and the former prostitute married an Israelite and became part of God’s chosen people. Matthew 1:5 records the union of Rahab to Salmon. Even a prostitute was wanted by Jesus.
David and Bathsheba- These two were part of a disgraceful situation. David committed adultery with Bathsheba. After he found out she was pregnant, he tried to manipulate Bathsheba’s husband, Uriah. When that did not work, David had Uriah killed. David married Bathsheba, but God struck their child with sickness and he died. As the king of God’s chosen people, God held David to a high standard. His actions went against God in every way, but God still had great plans for David and Bathsheba’s lives. Even though their sin had disappointed Him greatly, He still wanted to work through them. 2 Samuel 12:24 says that David and Bathsheba had another son, Solomon. When David was nearing the end of his life, he appointed Solomon as the one who would take his place as king. Solomon went on to rule Israel with great wisdom and skill. 1 Kings 4: 29-34 declares that Solomon’s wisdom was the wisest man in the East.
He Wants You and Me!
In addition to being wanted and used by God despite their sins, failures and bad choices, these people also have something else in common. Do you know what it is? They are all part of the lineage of Jesus. These people were a part of Jesus family! Matthew 1:1-17 records the entire line of Jesus. He knew what these five people were going to do in the course of their lives, yet He still wanted them and to work through them. In fact, He wanted them so much, He made them a part of His own blood line!
Jesus wants you and me as part of His blood line too, sister. There is nothing you could ever do to change His mind about you. He loves you! He wants you! Won’t you want Him today too?
Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God – children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. John 1:12-13
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