What Happened on Valentine's Day

God is a Lover. He is Love. He wants us to experience the fullest, deepest, most profound Love - His.

I'm not going to talk about how my husband demonstrates Christ's love to me or how our love is meant to represent Christ and the church or how he gave me a giant box of super gourmet Belgian chocolates for Valentine's Day.

Well, I guess I just did talk about that, but I really want to tell you what happened at the performance we attended on Valentine's Day. We actually bought tickets to Shen Yun for my parents and brother for Christmas so they could go with us this year. Randell and I went last year, and it was amazing, so we wanted to see the show again.

Shen Yun is a gorgeous performance of classical Chinese dance with a full orchestra and a huge screen backdrop projecting beautiful images of Chinese architecture and countryside that complement the dances. The music is moving, the dance is perfectly choreographed and executed, full of surprises and stunts, and the costumes are brilliant.

The organization that creates these shows is not allowed to perform in China because of religious persecution. They are followers of Dafa. There are a couple of breaks from the dance in the performance when the audience is treated to the beautiful voices of classical Chinese singers. During these songs, my heart was so burdened for these people. They are so close, but so far away. Take the following lyrics:

I have long had a dream
That one day I would go back to Heaven
For that is a soul's true home
Now the Creator has come to the world
Teaching Dafa and delivering us to Heaven
I don't want to miss this chance
I want to fulfill my dream
Herein lies our one and only hope

I am tempted to plead with God to accept these people because they've been confused and mislead. They're so sincere. But I am reminded that Jesus is the only way (John 14:6), and that even these people, in all their sincerity and passion, are without excuse (Romans 1:20). Clearly, the people of Shen Yun have seen God's glory in creation. They present it beautifully in their show. But they are not going to be made right with God because they are trying to get to Him by a name other than The Name Above All Names (Philippians 2:9).

Jesus said, "Whoever is not with me is against me," (Matthew 12:30), and while these words seem harsh, they are understood best in the light of the rest of God's revelation of Himself in Scripture.

And He is a Lover! He created us not because He needed us--He is perfectly satisfied in Himself--but because He wanted to share His glory with us! When we turned from Him, He kept pursuing us, and we see this all through the Old Testament. And He loved us so much, says John 3:16, that He gave His only Son for us! He sacrificed Himself! That is not the work of a selfish, cold, barbaric, cruel God. That is the work of a selfless, passionate, caring, loving Savior!

So I was reminded, as I listened to the beautiful music and read the words on screen, that my tears for these precious and talented people are not in vain. God loves them just as much as He loves you and me and He is pursuing them just as much as He pursued us! He wants to see them really live so much more than I ever could because He is Life!

Please remember as you pray for those who don't believe in Jesus that, no matter how close or far away they seem, Jesus is the bridge who will carry them to peace with the Father. Pray for the name of Jesus to be spoken to them. Speak the name of Jesus over them (Philippians 2:10; John 14:13). And believe that God is the Lover He's shown Himself to be, and He will pursue them.

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Hello! I'm Faith. I'm a verbal processor who wants to love the Lord and love people with all my heart, soul, mind and strength. I write to think and think to write. I don't drink coffee. I am a dogless dog lover. I enjoy hosting large parties in my home, and I enjoy being alone. Join me in looking to Him and pursuing A Radiant Face.


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