Freely, He gave His son for us...we didnt ask for this to happen, but we needed it to live. All God is asking for in return is for you to see him, to acknowledge him. I mean for goodness sake, its only the creator of all that exist, and our excuse is that we're too busy? That is...too busy dying. If satan's plan is to get peoples eyes off of God, then he wins. And if our eyes are not on God, then our worship isnt either. And if our worship isnt on God, then its directed on one other...thats right, satan. So, if he can convince you(satan that is) that there is too much time on your hands to be serving God, then his job is complete. This is where Jesus comes in.
If you can bare with me, and just picture this for a moment. Your standing in an open field, a grazing land, with plenty of water and vegetation, meant for roaming beasts, and wild animals for you to rule over. Don't ask how you got here, you just end up arriving here lost, on this path to which you took on your journey. You get caught up in this deadly battle, a battle which you cannot fight yourself. There is no escaping, no where to run. You have to live this out, you have to move foward. You have to try to fight this on your own. As the beast is coming toward you, you cringe with fear and anguish, knowing your time has come. Suddenly, out of the midst of where you came from, a boy walks toward you. He comes to you and says, "my father has told me you are in trouble, he has sent me to save your life. Go now, this battle is with me. My father is waiting for you." You, overwhlemed with what has taken place, finally awake from the dream. You relize that your own path has gotten you lost, afraid, and in a battle that you cannot fight. The boy that came to your aid is your saviour, and he telling you that his father is waiting for you. Then you turn and walk towards the father. He lifts you up and says, "I have been trying to get your attention, I love you."
Would you acknowledge him then?
Sometimes it takes getting lost, being caught up in so much junk that is uncontrollable. In a battle that you lose everyday, trying to win on your own. I know for me, I failed misreably on my own, I ran from all that was good, to try and make my life work out. I hurt myself worse by ignoring God, and running from the truth. Until one day, he lifted me up. I have never been the same since. I have so much purpose and calling in my life now then i ever did. The weight has fallen off, and the chains that once enslaved my soul, have been broken by the freedom in Jesus Christ. I pray that your hearts stay open to what God has for you.