This got me to thinking....
God created us, each and everyone of us. Yes, this is true. And He wants to have relationship with us, each and everyone of us! This too is true. But He also gave us free will. He has given us the choice as to whether or not we want to have a relationship with Him.
We as Christians know that to choose God is the best and only choice to make. But others, who have not yet experienced Christ as Lord and Saviour, do not see this choice as the only one.
Rev 3 v 20: Behold, I stand at the door [of the church] and continually knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him (restore him), and he with Me.
We know that until we submit our lives to God and let Him fill our hearts with His light and love, His word and laws, His peace and grace, His mercy.... until then, our hearts are filled with all sorts of unfulfilling things. Like religion, sport, academic achievements, professional goals, worldly persuits, worldly knowledge. One thing is common with all these things. They are not eternal, nor are they fulfilling, not for long anyway. And as a result, the hole in our hearts demands to be filled, with something else.
We find Jesus!
And are filled because of salvation in Him and through Him! Then we are filled with a love and a peace that confounds the worldly and is unfathomable. It demands nothing, not even its own rights. This heart, filled with Jesus, determines only to love...
So, let us examine our hearts on a regular basis, and spend time pushing out the old, and filling it with the new... Jesus and all He is.... and the light that is in our hearts, will spill out in our lives and touch others with God's mercy and grace, and more will choose Him, more will seek God and invite Him, through His Son, Jesus, into their hearts.
Ps 139 v 23-24: (23) Search me [thoroughly], O God, and know my heart; Test me and know my anxious thoughts; (24) And see if there is any wicked or hurtful way in me, And lead me in the everlasting way.