What Are All Those Jesus Followers Pumped Up About?

We are pumped up because, despite our unruly and rebellious worldliness, God refuses not to love us. Moreover, He made a way for Him to overlook and forgive that old human behavior by giving up the life of His only Son, so that we could be redeemed in His eyes:

“For God so [greatly] loved and dearly prized the world, that He [even] gave His [One and] only begotten Son, so that whoever believes and trusts in Him [as Savior] shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge and condemn the world [that is, to initiate the final judgment of the world], but that that world might be saved through Him.” Jn. 3:16, 17. AMP

In fact, we don’t have to put a lot of vacillating thought into this, because this is the ONLY way that we receive the eternal salvation from the Father:

“I am the [only] way [to God] and the [real] Truth and the [real] life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” Jn. 14:6 AMP

However, what we just looked at, is the culmination of God’s great grace through His Son. We have a lot more to be pumped up about!

The world became bitterly divided soon after humankind inhabited it. There is an all too real spiritual battle between good and evil that has been waged throughout that time; and it will not end until time’s termination. It also manifests in its human representatives as well.  I’m sure you’ll agree with me that we’ve never seen the level of divisiveness as pervasive as it is today. God prophesied about this through the apostle Paul over 2000 years ago:

…in the last days dangerous times [of great stress and trouble] will come [difficult days that will be hard to bear]. For people will be lovers of self [narcissistic, self-focused], lovers of money [impelled by greed], boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy and profane, [and they will be] unloving [devoid of natural human affection, calloused and inhumane], irreconcilable, malicious gossips, devoid of self-control [intemperate, immoral], brutal haters of good, traitors, reckless, conceited, lovers of [sensual] pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of [outward] godliness (religion), although they have denied its  power [for their conduct nullifies their claim of faith]. 2 Tim. 3:1 – 5. AMP

God never lies…

Doesn’t sound like anything to be pumped up about. However, our loving God never leaves us clueless with regards to navigating these scurrilous times:   

He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? Mic. 6:8 ESV

Jesus replied, “’You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.” Mt. 22:37 NLT

If we act accordingly to these two scriptures, we can be at peace, even if the world is not – filled with the joy of God and His Son, pumped up at the certainty or our heavenly destination.

And yet, we are human. We fall short of perfect obedience. However, when we confess our transgression and repent to the best of our ability, then we will meet this kind of God:

“Yahweh! The LORD! The God of compassion and mercy! I am slow to anger and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness.” Ex. 34:6 NLT

He does not punish us for all our sins; he does not deal harshly with us, as we deserve. For his unfailing love toward those who fear him is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth. He has removed our sins as far as the east is from the west. The LORD is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him. For he knows how weak we are… Ps. 103:10 – 14. NLT

Compassionate! Merciful! Ready to forgive! That’s how He is for those who have accepted His Son as their Savior, i.e. His children. When God looks at His children’s sin, He cannot register it in them anymore, because He sees Christ in them, whose blood has washed them clean.

We are also pumped up because God is faithful:

God is not a man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through? Nm. 23:19 NLT

 I will be the same until your old age, and I will bear you up when you turn gray. I have made you, and I will carry you; I will bear and rescue you. Is. 46:4 CSB

If we know that God has us covered on all sides throughout our entire life, it takes away the anxiety of living it. It removes all doubt, knowing God is always willing to deliver us from all our travails and obstacles that stand in the way of living out the life He has planned for us.

However, some of those trials consist of ways that God uses to strengthen us for our heavenly journey:

“It is necessary to go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God.” Acts 14:22 CSB

It’s also exhilarating to know that we can have a personal conversation, through prayer, with the God of the universe:

“And I will do whatever you ask in My name [as My representative}, this I will do, so that the Father may be glorified and celebrated in the Son.” Jn. 14:13 AMP

…if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him. 1 Jn. 5:14, 15. NKJV

“…whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mk. 11:24 ESV

“And it shall come about that whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved…” Joel 2:32 AMP

In that conversation, when we approach in faith, ask in alignment with God’s values, have faith in the outcome, and seal it is Jesus’ name, our petition will be granted. And in the most vital prayerful petition, God’s grace ushers us into heaven.

Still wondering why we’re so pumped up?

Goodnight and God bless.