Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. For some, it’s a day of love and romance. For others, it’s a day of emptiness and loneliness. And there are those who think of Valentine’s Day and sneer, “I could care less!” Regardless of where this finds you today, there is a biblical “Be Mine” that I would like to call to mind, and it will meet you in your deepest place of longing and need for intimacy and love.
I am my beloved’s, and his desire is for me. (Song of Solomon 7:10 ESV)
Because we were made by God for God, our deepest longings can only be satisfied when we are in an intimate, personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. After reading the verse above and marinating in it for a moment, how does it make you feel to know you are your Beloved’s and His desire is for you? If that doesn’t light the fire of your faith, I can assure you of one thing: your wood is wet!
To be the object of the Almighty’s affection is to be the object of a love that is eternal, unwavering, and unconditional.
For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. (Ephesians 1:4-7)
Before God ever breathed life into Adam and Eve . . . He chose you to be His! He determined before the creation of the world to set His love on you and adopt you as His child. When Jesus told Nicodemus that God “so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16), He was not speaking of some vague, large, indeterminate group of people. God so loved you that He gave Jesus to die . . . for you! And He determined to do so because of His great love for you; He did it freely, “in accordance with his pleasure and will.” Indeed, if you have trusted in Christ’s atoning death on your behalf, you are your Beloved’s and His eternal desire has always been for you!
This stunning Gospel truth is what shatters our worthless idols and lesser loves that attempt to divide the affections of our heart. Only the Gospel will deliver us from the countless cheap imitations we seek to use as replacements for the “love of God” and the “God of love.”
But this is not for you!
You were sought, caught, and bought by the precious blood of the Lamb, who refused to come down from the cross to save Himself because He wanted to save you. When God said, “Be Mine” to you through the crosswork of Christ, He not only had already made room for you in heaven, He had made room for you in His heart. To know that Jesus not only lives in your heart but that you live in His is to know a truth that truly transforms. It transforms a bad day into a good day; a cold day into a hot day; a rainy day into a sunny day.
If you have a “special someone” to share Valentine’s Day with, praise God for such a good gift. But whether you’ll be buying flowers and cards this week or not, you should praise God for an even greater gift: the gift of that “special Someone” who will never leave you nor forsake you, no matter what you do or don’t do.
Let these words from the apostle Paul to Timothy bring you a special blessing today: “If we are faithless, he will remain faithful, for he cannot disown himself” (2 Timothy 2:13). When Jesus said to you, “Be Mine,” He meant what He said . . . and He meant it forever!
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!