What Made the Difference?

Dr. Ted Camp Founder, Overseer

“A story is told of a couple whose relationship had grown cold. One day the wife left. The husband found a note saying she did not love him. She left no forwarding address or information. Through an investigator he finally found her. He called but she would not respond. He sent letters, but she did not respond. Finally he went to see her, hoping she would respond and come home. He knocked on her door to beg her to come home. On seeing him, she gasped and fell into his arms, sobbing and telling him she wanted to go home. They quickly packed her things. As they left he asked, “I called, begged, wrote, but you would not respond. “What made the difference?” Her answer was short and to the point, she simply said, “You came.” – (Voice – BBN). As I read this story, I first thought about those who serve non-existing gods that never came. Their gods have ears that hear not, eyes that see not, hands that touch not, nose that smells not, and feet that walk not. They have gods without a heart, love or compassion, gods that are insensitive to their needs. They serve gods that do not serve them. They love gods that do not love them. They seek gods that do not seek them (Psa. 115: 5-7). Their gods never came to them. Then I thought of how God has tried to get man to respond to His love. God loves you and wants you to love Him. God put in all people an emptiness and hunger only He can satisfy (Psa. 107:9). God wants you to respond so He sent His judges, prophets and written Word to proclaim His love for you. But man would not respond. God finally sent His Son. “But last of all he sent unto them his son” (Mat 21:37). “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved” (John 3:16-17). His Son came to display, demonstrate, and declare God’s love for us. “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10). Some reject Him. “He came unto his own, and his own received him not (John 1:10). Some receive Him. “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name” (John 1:12). Some have gods that never existed, never came, and never will come! Only Christianity has a risen Saviour who came that we might have eternal life with God (John 10:28). God could say, “I wrote, I called, I sent, I pleaded, but you would not respond. But now you did. What made the difference?” The reply could simply be, “You Came.” 

 

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