“Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings.” Hebrews 10:22 (NIV)
Musicians have the ability to auto-tune so that even if their voice didn’t stay true to pitch while recording, the finished product is on point, spot on, or “on fleek,” depending on your perspective. Hear that same musician in person, or in a casual setting, and it may be a different story.
I asked a millennial woman how she met her boyfriend. She said she’d known him in childhood, but he’d turned his back on the relentless love of God for almost twenty years.
God’s love is not a Valentine’s kind of love—a short spurt of devotion and expression. It is relentless, sacrificial, and patient. When the man felt the tug of God’s not-giving-up-on-you love, he sought out the young woman because she was the sincerest Christian he’d met. No auto-tuning.
In a culture that gives us endless opportunities to mask who we really are, those hungry to know about Jesus look for people who are sincerely His. Their faith and character remain the same no matter who they’re around, what circumstances threaten their calm, what successes or failures they face. Sincerely His. They draw close to Him with a sincere heart, which clears the path for others to find their way to—or back to—God.
His relentless love plus our sincerity—irresistible.
Prayer: God, we’re overcome by Your unfailing love, by Your persistence with us, waiting it out when we wander. Thank You for those around us who are living their faith genuinely and authentically, sincerely drawing near to You.
Cynthia Ruchti tells stories hemmed-in-hope through novels, nonfiction, and speaking events for women. She’s the author of more than 20 books, many of which have been honored with industry awards. Her novel Miles from Where We Started releases in October from Gilead Publishing. Visit her website to connect with her.