In many Asian cultures, the annual reunion is a big thing. This is the time when family who have travelled far and wide come home to commune and fellowship with one another. And during this time, it is also customary for the younger generation to seek forgiveness from the elders for their errors of commission and omission; in exchange for gifts and blessings, of course. What a pragmatic world we live in, isn’t it?

But why are you surprised? Isn’t this how we are? Even toward God? Look, if the world doesn’t believe that they have ‘sinned and fallen short of the glory of God’, why would there be temples, mosques and religious buildings of all sorts? Why would there be need for sacrifices made and acts of atonement performed? Why would man even bother to ‘apologize’ if they didn’t think that apologizing would get them some benefit from God? Do we still do things because it is the ‘right’ thing to do?

But you know what? For us, with our Father, there is no need for us to put on such a show, for indeed, Jesus told us to

“Be especially careful when you are trying to be good so that you don’t make a performance out of it. It might be good theater, but the God who made you won’t be applauding.” Matthew 6:1 [MSG]

“And when you come before God, don’t turn that into a theatrical production either. All these people making a regular show out of their prayers, hoping for stardom! Do you think God sits in a box seat?” Matthew 6:5 [MSG]

Instead, “Here’s what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace.” Matthew 6:6 [MSG]

But why is that the case? Why doesn’t God like ‘mega productions’? Well, that’s because what He is really interested in is where our heart is, not our actions. Remember that He said,

“My son, do not forget my law,
But let your heart keep my commands;
For length of days and long life
And peace they will add to you.” Proverbs 3:1-2

That’s right, let your heart, not your hand, not your mouth, not your wallet; but your heart keep His commands, and long life and peace will it add to you.

If you think about it, that’s really a sensible thing for God to say, because given our natural propensity to sin, there really is no way that we can earn God’s favor. And here’s the rub – we don’t have to, because,

“Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.” 2 Corinthians 5:18-19

We have already been reconciled to God Himself, through Christ. He has done the work for us. He has interceded for us, bore the punishment of our sins for us, died the death that we were supposed to die, so that now, God Himself has

“…[received us into favor, brought us into harmony with Himself]… reconciling and restoring the world to favor with Himself, not counting up and holding against [men] their trespasses [but cancelling them], and committing to us the message of reconciliation (of the restoration to favor).” 2 Corinthians 5:18-19 [AMPC]

Not only are our sins not counted against us, not only are our transgressions not imputed to our account, we have God’s favor restored to us. Doesn’t that just blow your mind?

Even with our earthly elders, we need to go through the process of asking for forgiveness. But with God, we don’t. Yes, you heard it right, we don’t. For you see, Jesus didn’t say, ‘repent, and it shall be given to you; ask for forgiveness and you shall find; grovel and it shall be open to you’, not that that would not already have been very generous of Him, but instead, this is what He said,

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent?” Matthew 7:7-10

And here is the reason why He says this.

“If you then, evil as you are, know how to give good and advantageous gifts to your children, how much more will your Father Who is in heaven [perfect as He is] give good and advantageous things to those who keep on asking Him!” Matthew 7:11 [AMPC]
We make our children beg, don’t we? We make them work for their forgiveness. But our Father doesn’t. That’s how much He loves us. For always bear this in mind.

“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” John 1:12-13

Not as many as begged Him, not as many as groveled before Him, not as many as would prostrate themselves in abject guilt before Him; ‘but as many as received Him’, to them He gave the right to become children of God. That is the nature, the degree, the extent; the length, the breadth, the depth and the height of our Father’s love.

You know, when Christ went to the cross, something fundamentally changed between you and God.

“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17

Nothing is standing in between you and Him. Nothing is in the way of you receiving protection and provision from Him. For you have been reconciled to God, your sins cancelled and His favor restored to you. If there is anything that can ever stand in your way of receiving this gift, it is unbelief.

You know, when our children wrong us, we play the waiting game. We wait for them to apologize.

But this is not how our Father is. Not only has He made straight the path back to Him, not only has He cancelled our sins, not only has He made it possible for us to be reconciled back to Him and His favor restored back to us; He is reaching out to you telling you that everything is alright, you can come home to Him now.

And friend, if you want to receive God’s gift of reconciliation, if you want your sins to be cancelled, if you want God’s favor restored to you, then here is how you can;

“How? you ask. In Christ. God put the wrong on him who never did anything wrong, so we could be put right with God.” 2 Corinthians 5:21 [MSG]
So if you would like to right now, then say to Him,

“Jesus, thank You for dying for me. Thank You for being my sacrifice and taking the punishment for all my wrong, so that I may be reconciled to God. Because of You, I know I have full and complete remission of all my sins. Because of You, my transgressions are no longer imputed to me. Because of You, I am once again in the favor of our Father. Jesus, thank You for reuniting me with You and now I live each day knowing that I am the beloved child of God. Amen.”

Beloved, Paul has a timely reminder for you today. He says,

“Become friends with God; he’s already a friend with you.” 2 Corinthians 5:20 [MSG]

So, come home, reunite with Him and enjoy His favor that has been restored to you. Its reunion time.

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